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2010 NYCT Ridership Stats

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Since I have not seen a thread regarding the 2010 ridership statistics for New York City subway and bus let this be the one. For the subway, Flushing-Main Street now moves into the Top 10 for ridership Lexington Av-53rd Street/51st Street moves out. On the bus front, Bx19 moves into the Top 10 for ridership replacing the M101, although it ranks 11th in average weekday ridership. Feel free to comment on that and any other significant notes.






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Practically every station on the goddamned (L) is reporting growth!


Morgan Av had a 20% growth o___o Gentritfaction/hipsters yay


Also, looks like the M15/B46 question might be solved. According to the bus ridership stats, the M15 was busier than the B46 in 2007 and 2008, but the B46 was busier in 2009 and 2010. Granted, there are other factors to consider, such as the elimination of the City Hall branch, the addition of SBS, and the farebeating on the B46.


The MTA Bus co. chart says the B103 is growing every year, one year even had a 50% growth. That's pretty great!

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In that regard, the following stations of note show without a doubt the scale of gentrification, particularly in Brooklyn.



  • Clinton-Washington Aves (C)
  • Franklin Ave (C)
  • Jefferson Ave (L)
  • Lafayette Ave (C)
  • Montrose Ave (L)
  • Morgan Ave (L)


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Top 10 Bronx Stations:

161 St-Yankee Stadium (;)(D)(4)

3 Av-149 St (2)(5)

149 St-Grand Concourse (2)(4)(5)

Parkchester (6)

Fordham Rd (4)

Fordham Rd (;)(D)

Burnside Av (4)

Hunts Point Av (6)

Simpson St (2)(5)

Kingsbridge Rd (4)

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Top 10 Brooklyn stations:

Jay St-Metro Tech (A)(C)(F)(R)

Atlantic Av-Pacific St (;)(D)(N)(Q)(R)(2)(3)(4)(5)

Court St-Borough Hall (R)(2)(3)(4)(5)

Crown Heights-Utica Av (3)(4)

Bedford Av (L)

Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College (2)(5)

Kings Hwy (;)(Q)

Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs (L)(M)

DeKalb Av (B)(Q)(R)

Nostrand Av A C

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Top 10 Queens stations:

Flushing/Main St (7)<7>: 18,630,490

74th St/Roosevelt Av complex (7)(E)(F)(M)(R): 16,279,556

Jamaica Center (E)(J)(Z): 11,656,110

Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike (E)(F): 8,170,406

Forest Hills/71-Continental Avs (E)(F)(M)(R): 8,137,277

Woodhaven Blvd/Queens Center Mall (M)(R): 7,307,038

Junction Blvd (7)<7>: 7,140,456

Jamaica/179th St (F): 6,711,779

Sutphin Blvd/Archer Av/JFK Airport (E)(J)(Z) JFK Airtrain, LIRR: 6,447,287

103rd St/Corona Plaza (7): 5,831,332


How surprising that 103rd St has higher ridership over 82nd St and 90th St on the (7) line. I always thought 90th St, 82nd St, 61st St, and a few stations on the Astoria Line had higher ridership on the (7) line.

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Top 10 Manhattan stations:

Times Sq/PABT-42 St

Grand Central-42 St

34 St-Herald Sq

14 St-Union Sq

34 St-Penn Sta (1)(2)(3)

34 St-Penn Sta (A)(C)(E)

59 St-Columbus Circle

Fulton St

Lexington Av-59 St

86 St (4)(5)(6)


It's not surprising that half the stations in this top 10 are served by the East Side lines

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Im looking and I'm seeing Stations on the White Plains Road have a significant growth of about 7% (Gun Hill Road & North). I'm actually surprised to see 233rd street was rated after 276 because I get on there in the mornings, and the CROWD is wow lol. The (2) and (5)'s get significant ridership there.


Chart = Station Name, 2010 Ridership, Growth, & Station Number In Popularity.


(2) Wakefield-241 Street - 1,471,501 ; 9.8% (291)

(2)(5) Nereid Avenue - 1,001,851 ; 8.4% (354)

(2)(5) 233 Street - 1,614,436 ; 7.0% (276)

(2)(5) 225 Street - 1,283,398 ; 7.7% (313)

(2)(5) 219 Street - 1,024,424 ; 7.0% (350)

(2)(5) Gun Hill Road - 2,101,823 ; 9.0% (216)

(2)(5) Burke Avenue - 1,060,008 ; 1.2% (344)

(2)(5) Allerton Avenue - 1,668,896 ; 0.5% (271)

(2)(5) Pelham Parkway - 2,703,568 ; 4.6% (175)

(2)(5) Bronx Park East - 888,162 ; 2.6% (367)

(2)(5) East 180 Street - 1,852,836 ; -9.6% (246)




The Eastchester (5) Made growth also but not as significant as the White Plains Road line.


(5) Eastchester-Dyre Avenue - 1,258,858 ; 6.1% (318)

(5) Baychester Avenue - 1,087,618 ; 4.0% (338)

(5) Gun Hill Road - 1,713,288 ; 2.2% (264)

(5) Pelham Parkway - 883,490 ; 6.1% (368)

(5) Morris Park - 535,823 ; 2.2% (401)

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The fact that large chunks of Queens and Brooklyn are underserved adds to the ridership of existing stations. Flushing-Main Street is the busiest station in Queens mainly because lots of people have to take a bus from there to get to their eventual destination which also drives up ridership of the bus routes out there. Brooklyn College-Flatbush Av is similar in that way as well.


I don't trust the numbers for Manhattan stations because lots of people transfer to other lines at the busiest stops. You actually get more people into the stations than the paying passengers making things that much more crowded.


The Bronx numbers are not surprising at all.

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Part of the Bronx growth has to do with the fact that historically in recent years, the Bronx has the cheapest real estate, and I remember a NYT article that heralded the Bronx for decent growth coming out of the recession, with many jobs added. Another reason for growth at these gap stations (Gun Hill/241/Nereid) is that perhaps those Westchester people aren't taking the Metro North as often as they used to. It should be priced at roughly the cost of an express bus downtown (even in rush hour) and in some way include a transfer to a train or bus like the express buses do.

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The bus routes should be ranked based on density (riders per mile) to truly show how crowded they are. Some routes may not rank at the top overall but can have relatively high ridership given their shorter length. The Manhattan crosstown routes can serve as an example.

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