Public Transportation Ridership Stats Indicate Shifting Travel Patterns

The New York City Comptroller’s Office recently released the Riders Return report providing a snapshot of public transportation statistics for February 2023, suggesting that “some pandemic ridership trends are here to stay.” Overall subway and bus ridership volume during February is 67% and 65% respectively of the volumes in February 2019; and while subway weekend ridership is 75% compared to the same period 4-years prior, weekday trips are a lower 65% volume. The report also reveals that recovery of Manhattan subway ridership between 2020 and 2021 is lagging behind the faster pace of recovery in the outer boroughs.