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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Roosevelt Island 2011 F Train Subway Ridership Statistics Down 18% Since 2010 to 2,114,468 Riders - Weekday and Weekend Roosevelt Island F Train Stats Too

Roosevelt Island Rush Hour Subway Platform During Tram Outage First Day

The MTA released subway station ridership statistics for 2011. According to the MTA:
... Subway ridership consists of all passengers (other than NYC Transit employees) who enter the subway system, including passengers who transfer from buses. Ridership does not include passengers who exit the subway or passengers who transfer from other subway lines, with the exception of out-of-system transfers; e.g., between the Lexington Av/63 St F station and the Lexington Avenue N Q R/4 5 6 59 St station, where customers use their MetroCard to make the transfer...
How did Roosevelt Island's F Train Subway Station ridership fare compared with the 420 other New York City subway stations surveyed by the MTA? Gothamist reports:
... It Is Nice To Have The Tram Back: Though it'll be busy again soon enough, thanks to Cornell, the Roosevelt Island F stop got a nice respite this year after a big bump in 2010, when the Tram was out of service. Last year ridership dropped 18 percent (the biggest drop in the system) to 2,114,468, from 2,580,003 in 2010....
Below are the annual Roosevelt Island subway station ridership statistics since 2007:
  • Year 2007 - 1,874,023
  • Year 2008 - 1,929,468
  • Year 2009 - 1,875,228
  • Year 2010 - 2,580,003
  • Year 2011 - 2,114,468
the average annual weekday Roosevelt Island subway ridership statistics since 2007:
  • Year 2007 - 5,871    
  • Year 2008 - 6,071    
  • Year 2009 - 5,816    
  • Year 2010 - 7,870    
  • Year - 2011 - 6,576
and the average annual Roosevelt Island weekend  subway ridership statistics since 2007:
  • Year 2007 - 6,861   
  • Year 2008 -  6,811    
  • Year 2009 - 7,210    
  • Year 2010 - 10,621    
  • Year 2011 - 7,992
Have you ever wondered how subway service came to Roosevelt Island in the first place? Here's a fascinating video via Second Avenue Sagas showing how the F Train came to Roosevelt Island by way of the 63rd Street Tunnel.

You Tube Video on Making of East River Subway Tunnel via 2nd Ave Sagas


Mark Lyon said...

It's important to consider upstream ridership as well.  Overcrowded trains are a big turn-off.  We're down 1,294 in weekday ridership at our station, but the trains are clearly getting filled with additional riders upstream.

21 St-Queensbridge is up 313 (3.7%); 
Roosevelt Av is up by 612 (1.2%); 
Forest Hills is up by 629 (2.4%); 
75 Av is up by 119 (3.2%); 
Kew Gardens is up by 517 (1.9%).

That's an additional 2,190 additional riders.  If even a small number of them choose to take the F, it doesn't take long until RI residents tire of cramming themselves into a packed car and decide, instead, to take the tram.