MTA subway ridership struggles to return to pre-pandemic numbers

The Gun Hill Road subway station has seen a 9% increase in ridership last month compared to 2019. The report, released in November, says the top 10 impacted stations were located in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

News 12 Staff

Jan 8, 2022, 11:03 PM

Updated 825 days ago

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The MTA is still struggling to increase subway ridership to pre-pandemic numbers - but a state comptroller's report shows that some of the stations are doing better than others.
The Gun Hill Road subway station has seen a 9% increase in ridership last month compared to 2019. The report, released in November, says the top 10 impacted stations were located in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The data shows a correlation between neighborhoods with lower median households incomes and a significantly higher ridership.
In the last month, while Gun Hill Road station saw an increase in ridership, the Wall Street station in downtown Manhattan only had around 27% of the ridership it had back in 2019.
The numbers suggest that riders in lower-income neighborhoods may not have the luxury of working from home and as a result, still have to take the subway.
However, the latest numbers do show a significant improvement of what ridership was like during the peak of the pandemic in April 2020.


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