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LA Looks to Beat New York Back to Pre-Pandemic Transit Ridership

  • Transit chief aims to hit that milestone by the middle of 2023
  • New York’s MTA may not restore its ridership until 2035
Passengers board a metro train at the Culver City station in California.

Passengers board a metro train at the Culver City station in California.

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg 

Los Angeles’s public transit system has recovered from the pandemic faster than cities like New York and Chicago, and now aims to get ridership back to pre-Covid levels by mid-2023.

“I have set a goal that, by the end of this fiscal year, Metro will have completely restored back to pre-pandemic levels on ridership,” Stephanie Wiggins, head of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said in an interview. “I know it’s a bold pronouncement to make and it bucks the national trend with our peers. But I do think we are in a unique situation.”