Check out 2012 Ridership Data!

The NYC Transit ridership pages on have been updated to include 2012 ridership for both buses and subways. 

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Weekday and annual ridership are now the highest since 1950, and weekend ridership matched the highest ever ridership in 1946.  Of note, total annual ridership increased 0.9% from 2011 to 2012 despite the five weekdays with no service or free fares following Superstorm Sandy.  The mild winter in early 2012 (compared to a cold and snowy winter in 2011) and the improving economy offset the impact from Sandy.  Average weekday ridership, which excludes the five weekdays with no service or free fares after Sandy, increased 1.8% from 2011.  Weekend ridership increased even more at a 3.0% clip. 

Some other tidbits include:

  • The Crosstown line segment had the largest percentage average weekday ridership increase (4.2% or nearly 2,000 riders per weekday), likely due to new residential development along the line, as well as more travel between northern Brooklyn and activities in downtown Brooklyn (including the Barclays Center cited below).
  • The Astoria line segment had the second largest percentage weekday increase (3.7% or 2,400 riders per weekday), partially due to new development in the neighborhood, but also due to recovery of riders from significant track work in 2011 that required midday trains to run express from Astoria Blvd to Queensboro Plaza.  That shifted some riders to Astoria Blvd and the 36th Street and Steinway Street M SubwayR Subway stations.
  • The Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center station had a 7.6% (2,500 riders) weekday increase, due in part to the opening of the Barclays Center in September 2012.  Ridership at the nearby Fulton Street station increased 6.9%.
  • The Aqueduct-North Conduit Ave station had a 75.3% (1,000 riders) increase due to the opening of the Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct in late October 2011. Aqueduct ridership grew even more if we look at the 12 months ending October 2012 (pre-Sandy service disruptions).  Ridership increased 125% or 1,393 riders on weekdays, and 267% or 3,938 riders on weekends.
  • Ridership was strong in Harlem, including a 3.4% (1,800 riders) weekday increase on the Lenox line segment.  The eight stations from 116th Street to 145th Street on the Lenox and 8th Ave/Central Park West lines had a combined increase of 3.7% or about 3,600 riders.
  • The 14th Street /8th Ave and station had a 5.6% (nearly 2,200 riders) increase due to growth in both work trips and discretionary off-peak trips.
  • The Barclays Center ridership helped make Atlantic Ave the busiest station in Brooklyn in total annual ridership, even though Jay Street-MetroTech and Court Street /Borough Hall both served more weekday riders.  The busiest station in the Bronx was 161st Street-Yankee Stadium and the busiest station in Queens was Flushing-Main Street .