The numbers are in: PATH, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s small subway-esque railroad, had a 5.4% jump in ridership in 2017 as compared to 2016, adding over 4.2 million trips to reach a new record of almost 83 million.
Scott Ladd, an agency spokesman, said that 2017 was, “the busiest year ever for PATH in ridership, the first time we’ve exceeded 80 million.”
PATH has experienced a boom in ridership over the past few years — nine million more trips have been taken in 2017 as compared to seven years prior, in 2010.
A large driver of the increase in ridership last year was the so-called “Summer of Hell,” and the resulting hundreds of thousands of New Jersey Transit customers diverted away from New York Penn Station to alternate hubs, such as Hoboken Terminal. The system saw an year-over-year 11.4% bump, or approximately 800,000 passengers, in August alone, and grew by almost 9% from 2016 in July, with over 500,000 new rides.
Despite the additional riders, PATH’s on-time performance percentage, indicating how many trains arrive within three minutes of schedule, has remained almost perfect — 97.72% in 2017, per Mr. Ladd.
This story was first reported by NJ Advance Media.