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MTA New York City Transit officials announced yesterday that more subway trips were recorded March 12 than on any other single day since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
The 1,912,774 paid trips on March 12 surpassed the previous post-pandemic high of 1,881,024 trips logged the day before.
The daily ridership increase comes on the heels of news that the recently passed federal American Rescue Plan includes about $6 billion in funding for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Prior to the pandemic, average weekday ridership totals routinely exceeded 5 million in the subway system. That figure fell by more than 90% to a low of roughly 300,000 daily trips in April 2020 as the number of COVID-19 cases reached their apex in the New York City area, according to an MTA news release.