2010-04-30 / Top Stories

MTA: Fewest Riders At Four A-Train Stations

By Howard Schwach

The Beach 105 Street A Train line has the lowest ridership of any subway station in the city. The Beach 105 Street A Train line has the lowest ridership of any subway station in the city. Of the five lowest-usage subway stations in New York City, four are on the A Line and three are in The Wave’s publishing area.

According to a study just released by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) the subway stations at Aqueduct, Beach 105 Street, Broad Channel and Beach 44 Street are the least utilized in the entire system.

MTA officials told The Wave that a count is kept of those going through the turnstiles at each station, something that locals say may skewer the statistics in at least one case.

“Not that many people go through the turnstiles at Broad Channel,” one longtime rider said this week, adding that hundreds of people do get off the A train to take the Rockaway shuttle. “Since they don’t have to go through a turnstile to get the shuttle, they’re not counted,”

In any case, the statistics show that the Aqueduct stop counted 27,004 riders in 2009, Beach 105 Street counted 56,588, Broad Channel counted 93,087 and Beach 44 Street counted 176,647.

The top stations, Times Square and Grand Central, counted ridership in the millions.

Ridership on every station of the A Line was down in 2009, with the exception of the Beach 98 Street station and the Beach 116 Street station. Both are points of embarkation on the beachfront, MTA officials said.

Ridership in the Beach 105 Street station, typically the lowest in the city in years past, dropped even further in 2009.

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