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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tons of Passengers

New York City's major transit hubs have tons of passengers.


While "tons of [whatever]" is a common figure of speech, it is interesting to think about just how many actual tons of human beings are transported through the main regional hubs on a normal weekday.  Grand Central Terminal, for example, moves more than 17,000 tons of human bodies.

Just imagine if we replaced the clock at Grand Central with a scale!

Checking the Hub Bound 2012 Travel Data, we see ridership (both directions) on a Fall business day is a little more than 200,000 passenger trips at Grand Central Terminal (suburban rail from north of 60th Street).  
Assume the average weight of a passenger is 175 lbs. (conservative)
1 ton = 2,000 lbs 
200,000 passengers x 175 lbs. = 35,000,000 lbs.   
35,000,000 lbs / 2,000 = 17,500 tons

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