MTA breaks record with close to 6M subway rides in one day

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On Thursday, Oct. 24, a record number rides were taken on the subway.

NEW YORK (PIX11) – October proved to be a record breaking month for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, with close to six million subway rides taken in New York City in just one day, according to the New York Times.

On Thursday, Oct. 24, 5,985,311 rides were taken on the subway, the most ever since the MTA began keeping ridership records in 1985.

October seems to be a great month for the subway system, with the last record of 5,938,726 rides being set Oct. 11, 2012.

A spokesperson for the MTA told the Times that October is a big month because school is in session for most days. “It’s also a month were a vast majority of the working public is at work.”

Although there were no large events in the city that would account for the increase in rides, the MTA cites exceptionally good weather for contributing to the record.