2020-09-12 —

Subway ridership has been inching back up since the depth of the spring, when fare card swipes and taps were down 95% from last year. Now, the passenger count is off 73%, which comes out to about 1.6 million riders a day. That’s a good sign but still far short of the 5 million-plus who rode on a typical weekday last year.

At an emergency MTA board meeting in August, budget officials warned that if Washington doesn’t step up, the only alternative will be 40% cuts in bus and subway service and 50% cuts on Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road, plus 8,500 layoffs.

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