NEW YORK (PIX11) — Subway passenger numbers have slowly returned to pre-pandemic levels. But whether or not you see those rises depends on where you drive back and forth.
Swipes in South Brooklyn, the Bronx and Central Queens have come back strong.
At the MTA’s monthly board meeting on Wednesday, a presentation on station traffic included two maps. It provided station details on travel.
The areas with the strongest rebound are Jamaica, the northern parts of the Bronx, East Elmhurst and South Brooklyn. It’s about half or less in the central business district and Long Island City.
MTA chairman Janno Lieber said he doesn’t just see statistics. He also thinks of the essential workers who live in the areas with higher passenger numbers and in areas outside of Manhattan.
“Our ability to continue to provide complete and reliable service is a matter of equality. We cannot disappoint them,” he said.
MTA rider numbers show there are still morning and afternoon peaks, but they are at a lower level.
“Maybe we can provide extra capacity at certain times of the day. It’s no secret that we are focused on nights and weekends,” said Lieber.
Subway personnel hiring is limited by the number of applicants. NYC Transit has added classes and reduced training time to help new hires get to work faster.
“For conductors, the 4th quarter and train operators will return to full service levels in the first quarter of 2023. This is the market. There are a lot of people hiring,” Lieber said.
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