And as 2023 comes to a close the MTA is looking back to find which subway stations were most popular over the year.
According to MTA data collected from January 1st through the end of November, the busiest subway line was the 6, running between Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall in lower Manhattan and Pelham Bay Park in the northeast Bronx.
The 6 is on track to carry approximately 140 million passengers for the year–that’s more people than the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad combined!
6.3 million people swiped their MetroCard at the Flushing-Main St station in order to hop on the 7 train, while the Grand Central-42 St station, providing straphangers with access to the S, 4, 5, 6, and 7 trains, saw 5.4 million OMNY taps–a record high.
The MTA even looked at which stations recorded the most bathroom usage. Those stations include the 74 St-Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Ave station (E, F, M, R) and the 14 St-Union Square station (L, 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, W).
Most subway station bathrooms remained closed through the start of this year due to the pandemic, though by July of this year the MTA was working to reopen the facilities.
Of course the MTA can’t be too exact with their numbers pertaining to the most popular subway stations due to fare evasion. “Back-cocking,” for example, accounts for over $45 million of overall unpaid fares, and AI software to track fare evasion has already been implemented throughout seven subway stations.
Beyond loads of straphangers, the subway also has a set of unspoken rules we should all follow–those can be found here.