The MTA announces that the subway system carried over 2.4 million customers last Friday, the highest number since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020.
The milestone extends a string of previous records set within recent weeks: 2.38 million riders on June 9, 2.35 million riders on May 27, 2.27 million on May 14, and 2.24 million on May 7.
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 New York City area.
Public transit continued running to provide service for frontline healthcare professionals and other essential workers who needed to get to work.