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NYC subway ridership tops 2 million for first time since pandemic

The MTA has implemented public education campaigns and issued millions of masks to its customers.
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MTA New York City Transit announced last week that 2,009,025 trips were recorded on its subway April 8 —  the first time the agency registered more than 2 million trips since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City.

With Staten Island Railway ridership at 3,889, the total combined number of subway, railway and bus trips on April 8 reached 3,131,233, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials said in a press release. 

Last week's subway ridership milestone was met after the recently passed American Rescue Plan included an additional $6.5 billion in emergency funding for the MTA. Prior to the pandemic, the subway system's average weekday ridership routinely exceeded 5.5 million. That figure fell by more than 90% to a low of 300,000 in April 2020.

The MTA has since undertaken cleaning and disinfecting protocols to ensure the system is as safe as possible, agency officials said. The MTA has also implemented public education campaigns and issued millions of masks to riders.

Mask compliance in the system remains high, with more than 97 percent of riders wearing a mask when using mass transit. The COVID-related measures will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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