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New York: Rapid growth in Second Avenue subway ridership

Staff Writer | February 1, 2017
Initial ridership figures for the Second Avenue Subway, underscoring the new line’s immediate success in attracting New York City customers and reduced ridership on the crowded Lexington Avenue Line.
Second Avenue subway
Empire State   The crowded Lexington Avenue Line
Since the line opened on January 1 with three new stations and a new entrance at 63rd Street, ridership has grown steadily by approximately 8,000 daily riders per week, hitting 155,000 daily riders on Friday, January 27th.

The Second Avenue Subway expansion is part of the Governor Cuomo’s sweeping statewide initiative to redevelop and rebuild New York’s aging infrastructure from the ground up.

The comprehensive plan includes a new LaGuardia Airport, a transformational renovation of JFK Airport, completely redesigned Penn Station, the LIRR 2nd and 3rd Track projects, the New New York Bridge, a major expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Center, as well as a complete overhaul and upgrades to the MTA's seven bridges and two tunnels in the metropolitan region.

The ridership includes customers entering and leaving 72nd Street, 86th Street and 96th Street, and the new entrance at 3rd Ave and 63rd Street as well as customers transferring from the F line to Q line at 63rd Street.

The MTA also released figures for the nearby Lexington Avenue Line, a notoriously crowded line in New York City, which has reduced weekday ridership in four key stations, 68th Street, 77th Street, 86th Street and 96th Street.

According to new ridership figures, the number of daily riders entering and exiting the four Upper East Side Lexington Avenue Line Stations declined by an average of 27 percent on weekdays and as much as 46 percent during peak morning rush hours of 8 - 9 a.m., as compared to the same period last year.