Friday, June 12, 2020

New York City Transit Ridership Up During Phase I

By N Miller (Creator Of The Transportation Hub) LATE POST=Originally for 6/11/20

NEW YORK, NY-Full weekday service has resumed, but with adjusted time intervals. On Monday,
the first day of New York City’s phase one reopening, more than 800,000 straphangers rode the subway. According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, June 8 became the highest ridership day since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The agency said ridership was up during afternoon peak hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., with Manhattan seeing a 20 percent increase in ridership from the week prior. However, this is still just 15 percent of regular ridership compared to last year. More people are taking the city’s buses, with local and express ridership jumping by 100,000 riders to 855,469 than previous weeks.

The transit sub-agency is encouraging only essential workers to take the subway and bus during phase one and has asked employers to stagger shifts and allow for remote work. The agency has also installed hand sanitizer dispensers and social distancing markers, with workers handing out free face coverings to anyone who needs one. Despite all of the deaths, homelessness, and complaints, at least, the agency is making some type of progress, something that should’ve been instilled shortly before the beginning of this pandemic. I know that I said some very harsh words in regards to the NYCT leadership and how they ran the system at the height of this pandemic. It’s because I grew up riding the subway system and it hurts me to see the system in such disarray, ranging from crimes to uncleanliness and disorganization. Like I said before, no one should be celebrating about something that should’ve been done from the beginning. But at least we can try to move forward to healing, and take a step in the right direction.

Earlier this week, statistics show the day-by-day ridership difference between this year and last year. These are all ridership estimates with the swipe of a MetroCard or a tap with an OMNY. Please read all about the uptick in ridership. With ridership increase comes precaution measures. The MTA's 13 point plan includes:

-Increased service
-Unprecedented cleaning and disinfecting
-Mandatory face coverings (was never implemented for the employees to begin with)
-Enhanced safety and security (nonexistent from the beginning).
-Nation-leading employee safety initiatives (wasn't installed in the beginning, but whatever)
-Innovative cleaning solutions
-Hand sanitizer, which will be in stations across the system (The MTA will also distribute mini bottles)
-Floor markings, directional arrows and new signage
-Staggered Business Hours
-2 million mask contribution from state, city
-Contactless payments
-New partnership and technology to make system safer
-Data dashboard to provide riders with daily ridership numbers

Approximately 800 NYPD school safety agents are deployed throughout the MTA system at high priority stations and are providing face coverings and promoting social distancing. Buses also returned to a regular weekday/school closed service in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. Buses are at 75% service in Manhattan, and express bus service has been restored. Please be reminded that all bus rides are free during this global pandemic and to board/exit at the rear door(s). Off peak traveling is allowed if you can do so. The overnight closures do not affect the Staten Island Railway, which will continue running during those hours. The MTA will continue to run enhanced bus service between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. to help get essential workers where they need to go. If bus service is not an option, essential workers can use the Essential Connector program.

Lastly, the city has approved 20 miles of new bus lanes around the city to improve the speed and reliability of buses in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. 14th Street busway is already a success transporting passengers along 14th St between 3rd and 9th Avenues in Manhattan. Here's a list of corridors that will be joining 14th Street as a busway corridor;

- Main Street before Sanford and Northern Boulevard in Queens

- Jamaica Avenue from Sutphin Boulevard to 168th Street in Queens

-          Merrick Boulevard from Hillside Avenue to Springfield Boulevard

- Fifth Avenue in Manhattan from 57th to 34th Streets in Manhattan

- Jay Street in Brooklyn from Fulton to Tillary Streets in Brooklyn

- E. 181st St. in Manhattan from Amsterdam Avenue to Broadway in Manhattan

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  1. Would a $3.00 subway fare make a difference in quality of service?

    1. It can actually because we'll get newer subway cars, fresh infrastructure, and a cleaner system.