MTA reaches 61% of pre-pandemic weekday ridership

After a spring plateau, the subway system is steadily reaching ridership levels not seen since the start of the pandemic. The number of straphangers on the system Wednesday hit a peak of 3.6 million—61% of pre-pandemic levels.

The ridership high follows last week’s pandemic-era record of 16.6 million subway riders in a single week, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said Thursday.

Wednesday’s single-day peak surpassed the 3.5 million record set seven days prior—which itself was a ridership milestone the system had not reached since early December, before the omicron Covid-19 variant spread rapidly through the city.

The figures are still well short of the system’s 5.5 million weekday average in

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