As a new New Yorker, I find it intriguing how upset some individuals get if the subway is delayed 5 minutes. Yes, 5 minute delay at Grand Central waiting for the 7 train in afternoon rush hour can look like the end of times with so many people on the platform. Back in St. Louis rush hour scheduling was one train every 12 mins!
So let us all take a step back and appreciate how large of a public transit city we are and the scale of how big our MTA transit system is when compared to some other cities and and modes of transit:
First we should understand the size of other public transportation entities by focusing on the amount of passengers they carry PER YEAR.
**The following numbers include Rail and Bus passengers
Amtrak vs DC Transit
Even combining those two entities: they are still too small to even make a comparison to the MTA. Let us add some more Transit Systems throughout the United States (Top 7).
Top 7 US Public Transport System
We are getting closer now, but we still need more entities to get a good comparison to the MTA.
Top 10 World Wide Airlines
Now that we have a better understanding of how big the largest US transit systems are well as the largest world wide airliners, we can now compare them to the MTA.
The MTA still moves over 25% more passengers than the Largest 10 world wide airlines and Largest 7 US Transit system COMBINED.
And that does not even include all the cars, buses, trucks that travel through the 7 MTA Bridges and 2 Tunnels!