New York City subway ridership reached a post-pandemic record of 3.94 million on Thursday.

Subway ridership hit its highest level since March 2020 this week, Gov. Hochul said Friday.

About 3.94 million people passed through the turnstiles on Thursday, according to the MTA. It was the highest single-day subway ridership recorded since March 12, 2020, when 4.1 million people rode the subway in the weeks before any New Yorkers died of COVID.

“The MTA is the lifeblood of this city, and these numbers show that New York City continues to make a big comeback,” Hochul said in a statement.

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“People are returning to our metro as we have made important investments in service and safety,”

Thursday’s ridership record beat the previous post-pandemic peak on Dec. 8 by 11,000 passengers.

This figure is significantly higher than last fall’s daily ridership, which peaked at 3.64 million.

The MTA, which relies on fare revenue to fund a large portion of its budget, is struggling to restore pre-COVID ridership as many New Yorkers continue to work remotely.

In the midst of the pandemic, the agency stopped 24-hour metro service to make cleaning easier. 24-hour metro service resumed in May 2021.

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