This is a series of articles about the size of public transportation fleet in a big city. The fleet may include subway, buses, tramways and in some cases trains and boats.
The Big Apple is a major city in North America. The local transportation agency, which is MTA, manages a pretty big fleet of vehicles. The numbers speak for themselves. I feel that the subway network is overloaded for such a big city. There is plenty of space for new tunnels and the last generation boring machines is much faster than the previous one.
The bus fleet
Half a dozen thousand buses serve the ground transportation. With so many of them, there is little space left for improvement. Add more and the traffic will get jammed even more often and this will expand the rush hours. The last figures for the ground fleet are the following:
- 5700+ buses
- 300+ bus lines
- 16000+ bus stops
- Weekday trips : 54000
The number of weekday trips is impressive. The average number of trips served by one single physical bus is 10. As I know there is a good number of buses that are not in service every day, this average figure can go up a bit.
The subway network
While the tube seems to be one of the most developed in the world, and it really is, the capacity of the network is overloaded. Many commuters are complaining about the delays of the trains. As most of the tunnels have been dug in the 1940’s, when the city was smaller, there is enough reason to extend the network according to the present size of the city. The fleet comprises:
- 22 subway lines (470+ stations) with a total of 8200 trips per day
- 6400+ subway cars with an expected life of 40 years
References for the numbers
I have used the following links for the figures. They are a gold mine of information about the transportation network.