NEW YORK – According to the Wall Street Journal, the MTA has presented data showing that lower New York City mass transit use numbers matched up with an uptick in taxi and ride-hailing trips. Even as the city’s population grows, subway and bus ridership has been declining. New York City Transit Executive Vice President Tim Mulligan explained in a presentation Monday how dips in weekday subway ridership between 2016 and 2017 coincided with increased use of taxi and for-hire vehicles.
6sqft reported in February on the notable drop in subway ridership. According to Mulligan the data showed more than just a correlation, “but actually causation” between fewer subway rides and the rise of for-hire car and taxi travel. For 2016 and 2017 for-hire vehicle ridership grew 13.1 percent, an amount Mulligan pointed out was “strikingly similar” to a reduction in subway and bus ridership during the same time period. Though the Uber brand wasn’t mentioned by name, it holds a dominant share in the app-based for-hire car market in New York, accounting for most of the city’s 70,000 app-based for-hire vehicles (there are only 13,600 licensed yellow cabs in operation here, by comparison).