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NYC Subway Use Nears All-Time Peak As U.S. Public Transport Use Declines

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Ridership is 2.5 times more than the next nine largest U.S. metro services, combined

Despite the delays, weekend shutdowns and seemingly endless repair work on the New York City subway, the ridership levels on the service are now approaching the peak they reached in 1940, New Geography reports. In fact, NYC's subway carries more than twice the riders than the next nine largest metro systems in the United States, combined.

New Geography analyzed data available with the American Public Transportation Association and found that NYC is singularly responsible for the record 10.7 billion trips taken on U.S. public transportation last year. Ridership on the NYC subway grew by nearly 1 billion between 2005-2015, while it went down by 200 million for the rest of the country, during the same time frame.

In 2005, the NYC subway accounted for 18 percent of ridership on public transport across the country. Last year, that share had risen to 26 percent. Chicago saw an increase in ridership on its metro system as well, but nowhere close to the levels experienced in New York, and in contrast, Washington D.C. has seen a decrease in ridership in the last 10 years.