I’ve been slowly making my way through the data dump of station information New York City Transit released this week, and later on, I’m hoping to have a post highlighting the busiest fare control areas in the city. Right now, let’s jump in with the basics. The top ten busiest subway stations of 2011 are……
|1||Times Sq-42 St||60,604,822|
|2||Grand Central-42 St||42,795,505|
|3||34 St-Herald Square||37,731,386|
|4||14 St-Union Square||34,927,178|
|5||34 St-Penn Station (1,2,3)||26,758,623|
|6||34 St-Penn Station (A,C,E)||24,751,771|
|7||59 St-Columbus Circle||21,300,892|
|8||Lexington Av-59 St||20,377,141|
|9||86 St (4,5,6)||19,425,347|
Now, that’s not surprising because Times Square is the center of the known universe. The rest make sense too. Interestingly, Queens, which has the third subway ridership by borough, has a station in the top ten while Brooklyn, the second most popular borough, does not. In fact, the most popular station in Brooklyn — Jay St./MetroTech — was just 26nd overall last year.
At the bottom of the list are a bunch of stations in the Rockaways, East 143rd St. along the 6 and 21st on the G. The last one sees just 1,123 per weekday and around 730 per weekend. I’ve always wondered why that station, so close to Court Square, exists. More with this data later.