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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul last week announced a new pandemic-era subway ridership record was set at 3,236,904 on Oct. 14, surpassing the previous high set on Oct. 7 by nearly 50,000 riders.
MTA Staten Island Railway also set a record that day at 7,367, setting a combined total ridership of 3,244,271. Overall, the subway system has carried more than 3 million riders eight times in October so far, according to a news release.
Hochul also announced that service delivery on MTA New York City Transit — the percentage of scheduled trains that are provided during peak hours, measured along the busiest part of the line — improved to 92% in October, with daily delays down by more than 13%.
The recent ridership records come a few weeks after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority formally launched "Welcome Back New York," a public messaging campaign aimed at urging New Yorkers to return to the transit system.