The number of passengers on the New York subway increased 50% from last month but is still well below normal, according to local authorities, who also detected an increase in the use of the car, symptoms of a some reactivation in the mobility of New Yorkers, who want to return to normal after overcoming the peak of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic.
Metro travel now averages 600,000 a day, after a low of 400,000 in April, according to sources with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) quoted by The New York Times.
Acting New York City Transit President Sarah Feinberg called the increase “significant,” although the numbers are still well below the average passenger count of more than five million per day.
Bus ridership also increased, from a low of 400,000 daily to about 700,000 trips per day.
The largest transportation system in the United States saw its number of passengers drop by more than 90%, in part by order of the government, since only essential workers should use it, along with people who need it.
But the traffic authority has recently begun to shift its focus to attract passengers back to the system, an effort that is key to both strengthening the finances of the transportation system and reviving the New York economy.
The virus, on the other hand, has taken a terrible toll on transit workers: As of Wednesday, 123 of them had been killed by Covid-19, authorities said. All but three worked in the MTA’s bus and subway divisions.
Likewise, in many neighborhoods in New York, a greater use of private cars has been detected, on the one hand due to the desire of citizens to regain some normalcy in their lives and changes in the parking system, which had allowed until this week not having to move the vehicle for a moratorium on parking tickets.