Not nearly back to full ridership yet, and my (admittedly small sample of) weekend trains seem to be rapidly approaching 125% seated load — NYCT’s definition of “at capacity” Image
This should be a reminder that, over the last 15 years, weekend subway service has been slashed to accommodate diversions and a huge ramp up in the restrictiveness of work protection rules
In 2006, the only letter lines whose Saturday base schedule ran less frequently than every 8 mins were the C (10min), J (mostly 9min) and M (ditto). Today, the only routes scheduled to run better than a 10 min headway are the Q and L.
Pre-COVID, even by the 125% seated load standard (in ‘06 the standard had been 100% seated load), many weekend subway services were thus running well over guideline capacity.
Fixing that will require a thorough and difficult overhaul of the agency’s track access/maintenance systems, significant improvements in outage productivity, and likely some changes in work rules. But for the sake climate — and the city’s recovery — it’s gotta be done.

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