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MTA Ridership Falls Among Growing Service Concerns
Usually a good economy means more transit riders, but that hasn't been the case for New York's MTA. "Despite an increase in the population and in the number of new jobs, average weekday subway ridership dropped to 5.712 million this September from 5.817 million in September 2016," Marc Santora reports for The New York Times.
New York is not alone in losing transit riders. Across the United States, many public transit systems are seeing their ridership decrease, in part because of the growth of ride hailing services.
On the other hand, the trains slowed down more than 12% between 2010 and 2015. Over that same time period, subway delays doubled and the train track fires became more common.