Behind the Numbers: The great weekend declineBy
Over the past few days, I’ve examined the trends in subway ridership. We started with a pretty basic look at the top ten busiest stationsof 2011 and drilled down by borough as well. Today, I want to flip the numbers a bit.
Below, are two tables that show the biggest declines in ridership over the weekend. Some stations — particularly those located in Lower Manhattan and Midtown East — are quite susceptible to a great weekend decline. These are popular destinations for the working commuter, and the neighborhoods clear out after the work week is over. We’ll start with Saturday.
|Hunters Point Av (7)||6,113||1,051||17|
|5 Av-53 St (E,M)||23,970||4,556||19|
|Wall St (2,3)||25,559||5,405||21|
|33 St-Rawson St (7)||13,587||3,162||23|
|Pelham Pkwy (5)||3,236||797||25|
|Morris Park (5)||1,966||573||29|
|Avenue M (Q)||4,632||1,399||30|
|55 St (D)||1,983||601||30|
|Wall St (4,5)||22,986||7,291||32|
|Fulton St (A,C,J,Z,2,3,4,5)||63,203||20,167||32|
I was surprised at first to see Hunters Point Ave. leading off this list, but upon further reflection, it’s clear that there is literally nothing there that would be open on the weekends. The decline at 5 Ave.-53rd St. is pretty extreme considering that MOMA is down the block, but clearly, the museum-goers aren’t taking the E train there on the weekends. Fulton St. is another station with a huge decline. The weekend numbers are still impressive, but that two-thirds drop is extreme, especially considering the expense of the Transit Center that will ideally attract more people during off-peak hours.
Now, Sunday. It’s an awfully similar chart, and even fewer people head to Fulton St. on Sunday.
|33 St-Rawson St (7)||13,587||1,530||11|
|Hunters Point Av (7)||6,113||809||13|
|5 Av-53 St (E,M)||23,970||3,190||13|
|Wall St (2,3)||25,559||4,033||16|
|Pelham Pkwy (5)||3,236||540||17|
|Morris Park (5)||1,966||403||20|
|Eastchester-Dyre Av (5)||4,603||991||22|
|Fulton St (A,C,J,Z,2,3,4,5)||63,203||14,318||23|
|Wall St (4,5)||22,986||5,219||23|
|36 St (M,R)||4,340||1,018||23|
The numbers for Wall Street are pretty amazing really. This 2/3 station with its tiny platform sees over 25,000 entries on a typical weekday but only 9400 over the two days of the weekend combined. No matter how much the city pushes residential life in Lower Manhattan, the Financial District has seemingly remained stubbornly immune to it. It’s just your typical urban business center from which the population vanishes at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Outside of the top ten, other notables include Grand Central, which sees a decline of 63 percent on Saturday and 72 percent on Sunday over a typical weekday. Even with a decline of over 100,000 riders, the station still sees 41,000 passengers on Sunday. Similarly, Bryant Park dips from over 50,000 per weekday to 20,000 on a Saturday and just under 15,000 for Sunday. Just something to chew on.