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Re: Broad Street station Ridership: Why has it declined so much?

Posted by Spider-Pig on Wed Jun 12 05:47:01 2019, in response to Re: Broad Street station Ridership: Why has it declined so much?, posted by Union Tpke on Wed Jun 12 05:27:28 2019.

For decades, Midtown was more popular than downtown, so there has been a shift in that direction. Moreover, the residential conversions pre-date 9/11. While the residential conversions provide ridership to the 4/5 and 2/3, they provide little ridership to the J/Z because it doesn't go to Midtown or anywhere useful to those residents.

Another effect on downtown is that clerical jobs that used to fill office buildings have either been automated out of existence, or have shifted to lower cost areas in the suburbs, or in other parts of the country. The people who still work downtown are less likely to live anywhere along the J/Z.

Additionally, there is probably some effect from the decline of Southern Brooklyn service from Nassau Street. Whereas previously passengers could use the line from both directions, now they only use it from the Williamsburg Bridge.

Finally, the areas around the J/Z in Brooklyn still had not fully declined by 1975 and still had a few years left to go before they reached bottom. There has been recovery, but I doubt the new residents work near Broad Street. This is part of the shift in work away from downtown also.


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