New York Post-Pandemic First: Big Transit Service Changes

More service on the weekends, less on Monday and Friday, reflects the patterns of post-pandemic transit ridership.

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December 22, 2022, 5:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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Gwynne Hogan and Clayton Cuse report for Gothamist on the details of a forthcoming shuffle of New York MTA transit service, with less service on Monday and Wednesdays and more service on the weekends.

“The shift, announced during an MTA meeting on Monday, marks the most significant adjustment to subway schedules since ridership began to rebound from the pandemic, which decimated mass transit usage in and around New York,” according to the article.

“Straphangers have been slow to return to the subways post-pandemic, with 3.7 million riders last Wednesday, about 64% of a comparable day in 2019, according to MTA statistics.” The article also provides more insight into the reasoning behind the changes: “Mondays and Fridays, the days most office workers are working remotely, have even lower traffic. Weekend ridership has rebounded at a quicker pace, with 77% of pre-pandemic levels, or 2.6 million people using the subways on a recent Saturday.”

The changes will go into effect in June. More details of the service changes are included at the link below.

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