More people rode Citi Bikes after Hurricane Ida ground the subway to a halt last Thursday than on any other day in the bike-share program’s eight-year history, The Post has learned.
Citi Bike recorded 126,360 trips on Sept. 2, its owner, Lyft said — topping its previously single-day height of 126,099 rides on July 24, when the bike-share was running a free day-pass promotion.
The company averaged around 100,000 rides per day in June, July and August — and rarely tops 110,000 in a day, Lyft said.
Citi Bike officials attribute the record-breaking day to the MTA’s struggle to gets its trains back online after historically high rainfall, which drenched stations and tracks and spurred electrical failures that prevented MTA dispatchers from tracking the locations of trains.
Amid the storms, the MTA could only guarantee that one line — the 7 — was fully operational. By Thursday morning, more lines were running with delays or partial shutdowns. Officials advised New Yorkers to seek alternative modes of transit.
MTA service only returned to 100 percent normal on Tuesday — over five days after the storm — with the resumption of full service on the 6 and Metro-North’s Hudson Line.
Most other lines had resumed service within 32 hours of the rain, MTA officials said.
The 6 track south of Whitlock Avenue station in The Bronx required additional time to clear due to a “clay-like substance” that required “extensive” clean-up and extra signal work, the MTA said.