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MTA officials report that 2,009,025 trips were recorded on the subway on April 8, the first time that more than 2 million trips were taken on the subway since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the city.

Ridership on buses also reflects a resurgence. Bus ridership has regularly gone over 1 million trips since July 2020, representing more than half of bus pre-pandemic ridership. Bus ridership on Wednesday, April 7—1,155,405—represents a new record high since September 2020 when fare collection resumed on buses.

Preliminary data shows that there were at least 1,118,319 trips taken on MTA and NYC Transit buses on April 8. The final bus ridership count for April 8 will be higher after additional data is tallied.

Prior to the pandemic, average weekday ridership totals routinely exceeded 5.5 million in the subway system. That figure fell by more than 90% to a low of roughly 300,000 daily trips last April as the number of COVID-19 cases peaked in the city. Daily bus trips at that time were down by close to 75%.