Subway (and bus) ridership in 2008 hit an all time high according to a report released by the MTA.
There were 2.37 billion subway and bus rides. That’s billion with a B. Billion. Can you even fathom that number? It blows my mind.
That big number represents a 3.1% increase.
Of that, there were 1.62 billion subway rides, a 3.9% increase. That’s the highest ridership since 1950.
Who cares about all of this? You should. Why?
Because the MTA is such a financial disaster, they are actually trying to cut services. That’s right…CUT. They want to cut service in a system has a growing demand of 3%+ each year. That makes no sense at.
With demand increasing due to gas prices, a tanking economy, and increased home residential living, there has never been a time where investing in mass transportation made more sense.