More than six million riders--6,106,694 to be exact--used the New York City subway system on September 23. The record day marked the fifth day in September that riders numbered over six million, according to the MTA. Credit a huge influx of tourists for the consistent gains in ridership. In 2002--the year after the 9/11 attacks--New York tourism took in just about 34 million visitors. In 2013, that number was a record 54.3 million visitors.
New York City's subways are famous for the way they tell the economic story of the city. In the 1970s, of course, the subways were a mecca for graffiti artists--or vandals, depending on your viewpoint. The graffiti'd subways became iconic, but New Yorkers were generally glad to see the trend pass. Cleaner subways coincided (caused?) with safer, less crime-ridden subways and the rise in riders has been mostly steady. Expect New Yorkers to take the news of the popularity of their durable mass transit system with a grain of salt though. Fares are set to increase 4% in January 2015 and again in 2017. Why isn't there any fare relief from an MTA that is collecting money on six million rides a day?
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