MTA ridership hits new pandemic record but still falls short

Subway ridership broke post-pandemic records this week with nearly 3 million daily riders as nearly a million children returned to school and Broadway shows reopened.

Metro-North also broke pandemic-era ridership levels on Monday, said Janno Lieber, acting chair and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, with 122,500 daily riders. The Long Island Rail Road on Friday set its own pandemic era record with 150,900 daily riders, and it just missed the mark on Monday. 

“No stone is going to go unturned to incentivize riders to get back into the system,” Lieber said. He added that he expects the uptick to continue.

Despite the rise in ridership, the numbers are still below pre-pandemic

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