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Subway ridership hits record high

By Philip Newman

Multitudes of transit patrons have surpassed the all-time high subway record for a single day.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said 6,106,694 riders took the subway on Tuesday, Sept. 23. That was the highest number of riders since daily figures were first recorded in 1985

Four other days last month hit records of more than 6 million riders. The 149 million riders throughout September were more than in any other September in over 60 years.

“New Yorkers and visitors alike continue to vote with their feet, recognizing that riding the subway is the best way to get around town,” MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast.

Subway rider numbers have grown steadily in recent years, approaching levels last seen during the World War II era, when the subway network included more elevated lines. Fewer New Yorkers owned cars in those days.

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