Underground Passenger Traffic Continues to Drop
MTA figures released late Friday show that subway passenger numbers continued to plummet this summer
Weekend visitor numbers fell by 8 in August 2018 , 8 percent compared to the same month last year. That's equivalent to half a million less MetroCard strokes every weekend.
Meanwhile, the number of passengers continued to fall during the week and fell by 2.5 percent in August 2018.
"People see all these distractions and get discouraged, they leave the station and get an Uber," said Andrew Albert, the rider on the MTA board.
He said that the weekend tumble could be partly caused by the MTA's decision to start track and signal work overnight on the 9th: 30, instead of the previous 1
That's not it End of bad news. The MTA warned its board in the documents that the decline in passenger numbers on weekdays could accelerate. The drop from year to year is "a greater decline than in the second quarter of 2018"
"Drivers are really dependent on a thriving public transportation system," said Rebecca Bailin, spokeswoman for the Riders Alliance. "There are millions of New Yorkers who can not afford to flee the subways when they are not working."
"A beautiful New York City needs a public transportation system that works," she added. "The responsibility lies with Governor Cuomo and the Legislature in Albany to repair it."
The report is the last piece of evidence that the subway's three-year passenger train continues unabated, with drivers suffering from signal breakdowns and mishaps opting to either stay at home or other means of transport – thereby straining their finances the Cuomo-controlled MTA.
"The three-year decline in subway passengers has had a significant impact on the MTA's operating budget," says tax adviser Tom DiNapoli, found in a test published last week. "The number of subway and bus passengers in 2019 is expected to be 236 million trips lower than the MTA forecast three years ago, which could translate into a cumulative $ 822 million revenue loss from 2016 to 2019."
The new chief of the subway system, Andy Byford, has proposed a $ 37 billion system overhaul plan – including the replacement of the decades-old, often-broken train signaling system. However, it remains unfounded.
The news of the recent decline in passenger numbers is coming as the MTA continues to struggle to keep its signals operational and on time, as the new documents show.
More than 48,000 trains were suspended in September 2018, although that was 17 percent from the previous September.
A dreary 69 percent of the trains were on time, which was a slight improvement from the 64.6 percent last September, the new statistics show.
In the last 12 In recent months, the subway has an average punctuality rate of only 65 percent.
"This month's subway report shows service improvements across every metric, which is very encouraging – we still have much to do to regain confidence. We are determined to do the work for New Yorkers," MTA said. Speaker Jon Weinstein. Meanwhile, underprivileged figures provided an opening to the ailing GOP governor candidate Marc Molinario to attack Cuomo's management of the decrepit system.
"The subway system is in a death spiral because a governor who prefers ribbon-cutting projects is pursuing inappropriate mismanagement," Molinaro said. "Loss of passenger numbers and falling on-time percentages can be directly attributed to Andrew Cuomo's disregard for the system."
Cuomo's campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comments.