Thursdays in October Are the MTA’s Time to Shine

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On October 24, the MTA hit a new record for subway rides taken in one day: 5,985,311 of them. As the New York Times' Matt Flegenheimer reports, that's how Thursdays in October work, and that's when ridership records get set. It's a month during which few people take vacations, so lots are commuting, and Thursdays combine the "high peak-period ridership of a midweek morning with an after-work slate of happy hours and late nights out," an MTA spokesman told Flegenheimer. Perhaps next year we can shoot for a cool six million.