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The Grand Central platform is packed.

NEW YORK (PIX11) — On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, you shared a ride on the subway with a record 6,106,693 passengers.

Four other days in September logged record-breaking milestones.

The MTA released ridership numbers for the month which are the highest numbers since daily figures were first recorded in 1985.  “Four other September days also saw more than 6 million customers,” said an MTA News Release. “The 149 million customers over the month were more than in any other September in more than 60 years.”

The United Nations was in session, tourism numbers have been on the rise, and a climate rally drew people to Manhattan.

Riders know the trains are packed. The MTA is moving ahead to modernize the 7 line and then other lines which will allow more trains to be in service. The agency also needs to fund half of the $32 billion capital improvement plan.

“With more New Yorkers using public transit, we need to guarantee that our system can continue to thrive with the city it serves,” said Jon Raskin, Executive Director of the Riders Alliance. “These record numbers should be setting off alarm bells for our elected officials in Albany, who will need to find $15 billion in the next few months to fund the MTA’s basic infrastructure and construction needs.”

“New Yorkers and visitors alike continue to vote with their feet, recognizing that riding the subway is the most efficient way to get around town,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast. “This is a phenomenal achievement for a system that carried 3.6 million daily customers just 20 years ago. As ridership increases, the MTA Capital Program is vital to fund new subway cars, higher-capacity signal systems and improved stations to meet our customers’ growing needs and rising expectations.”

 “The rain of riders is both an opportunity and a challenge for New York,” said Gene Russianoff with the Straphangers Campaign. “A challenge to win the necessary capital funds – $32 billion over the next five years – that will allow the subways and buses to handle the millions flocking to the system every day.”

The previous ridership record of 5,987,595 was set Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. The five record-breaking dates in September were:
  • September 23, 2014                         6,106,694
  • September 18, 2014                         6,094,684
  • September 19, 2014                         6,073,580
  • September 17, 2014                         6,051,863
  • September 10, 2014                         6,012,270

Record-breaking ridership was recorded on September weekends as well. Fueled by ridership generated by the People’s Climate March, 2,953,948 customers rode the subway on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. This was the highest Sunday ridership since daily records began in 1985 and likely the highest since the late 1940s.