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Preliminary ridership figures show 2009 as second busiest since 1969

by Benjamin Kabak

In its materials for Monday’s Transit Committee meeting (PDF here), the MTA Board has released its preliminary numbers for the 2009 ridership totals. Later in the week, I’ll offer a more complete look at the numbers, but the initial figures show a very popular subway system. Despite a down economy and high New York job loss totals, Transit’s overall farebox revenue total came to $3.1369 billion last year, just $2.1 million less than the agency’s final estimate. The average fare across subways and local buses came to a hair under $1.40, and Transit saw 2.31 billion trips in 2009, just 63.5 million (or 2.7 percent) fewer than in 2008 and the second highest total ridership since 1969. For all of the MTA’s troubles, 7.4 million people per weekday rely on the authority to get them around New York City, and as the agency fights for its fiscal future, that’s not a number we should ignore.

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Skip Skipson February 21, 2010 - 9:30 pm

Thanks for sharing this document with us, I’m looking forward to your detailed analysis. I must admit if it weren’t for this site I wouldn’t have bothered to go to the MTA website to get this information.

In Page 138 of the report, The 2010 preliminary budget (Operating Revenue) has a line called “Fare Media Liability” of $51.8 million dollars. Is that the value of Metrocards that go unused?

Wow, those labor costs are really high in relation to incoming revenue…

$0 in revenue was allocated for Vehicle Toll Revenue, why bother putting out a budget line of $0 unless they are expecting a miracle of funds from congestion pricing? Or, am I missing the meaning from ‘Vehicle Toll Revenue’?

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