By the Numbers: Where we go on the weekendsBy
Let’s continue our look into the 2011 ridership numbers with an examination of weekend rider trends. Last week, I took a look at stations with the greatest decline in use over the weekend, and today, we’ll flip that on its head. The below tables represent the stations with weekend totals that mirror their weekday usage.
Over the past year, we’ve heard a lot about how weekend transit ridership is on the rise. These days, with 5.2 million riders during a typical weekday, Saturday ridership at over 3 million is around 57 percent of an average weekday, and Sunday is at 45 percent. These numbers are on the rise, and some areas see constant traffic throughout the week. Let’s take a look first at the Saturday table. I omitted the Aqueduct Racetrack stop which gets 116 riders per weekday and a whopping 264 per Saturday.
|Beach 90 St (A,S)||1,019||1,363||134|
|Mets-Willets Pt (7)||4,472||5,650||126|
|Metropolitan Av (G)/Lorimer St (L)||12,815||12,479||97|
|Inwood-207 St (A)||8,888||8,616||97|
|Cortlandt St (R)||4,745||4,598||97|
|Prince St (N,R)||16,223||15,519||96|
|Coney Island-Stillwell Av (D,F,N,Q)||13,254||12,169||92|
|Aqueduct-North Conduit Av (A)||1,386||1,271||92|
|Christopher St-Sheridan Sq (1)||10,077||9,053||90|
Bedford Ave. with 19,979 Saturday riders as compared with 22,520 weekday riders just missed the top ten here, and Canal St. too sees over 40,000 on Saturday compared with 45,000 on a weekday. So what do we see here? Weekend destinations — such as Mets games and Coney Island — are popular, and tourist-heavy shopping and sight-seeing areas in Greenwich Village and SoHo attract riders as well. Strong ridership in Inwood was a bit of a surprise, but that likely is a result of a shuttered 1 train stop leaving only the A as a subway option in northern Manhattan. Metropolitan/Lorimer highlights how popular the L and G trains have become.
Next up, Sunday:
|Mets-Willets Pt (7)||4,472||5,195||116|
|Beach 90 St (A,S)||1,019||1,002||98|
|Metropolitan Av (G)/Lorimer St (L)||12,815||10,061||79|
|Howard Beach-JFK Airport (A)||2,729||2,080||76|
|Christopher St-Sheridan Sq (1)||10,077||7,668||76|
|Bedford Av (L)||22,520||17,081||76|
|Coney Island-Stillwell Av (D,F,N,Q)||13,254||10,044||76|
|Inwood-207 St (A)||8,888||6,473||73|
|Prince St (N,R)||16,223||11,550||71|
Sunday is obviously the lowest trafficked day of the week. Most people stay home and eschew subway travel. Yet, recreational destinations remain strong. The Mets are atop the list, and the AirTrain stop at JFK maintains its ridership figures as well. People head to the Beach in Brooklyn, and Williamsburg denizens and visitors seem to favor the subway as well. If Bedford Ave. or the G/L station a few blocks away seem perpetually crowded, well, that’s because they are.
I’ll release the full datasets later this week. For now, we have a solid set of numbers to chew on as subway ridership and weekend usage continue to test a system long accustomed to massive weekend changes. Everyone is riding the subways these days.