Metropolitan Transportation Authority Fast Facts

(CNN)Here's some background information about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which serves 15.3 million people across New York City, Long Island, southeastern New York state and Connecticut.

The MTA is the largest public transportation network in North America.
It is run by the state of New York, not the city government.
MTA is partnered with Operation Lifesaver, a national rail safety organization.
    MTA has produced nine "generations" of the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign, which encourages customers to notify the police and MTA employees of suspicious activity.
    The MTA network includes these agencies: MTA New York City Transit, MTA Bus Company, MTA Long Island Rail Road, MTA Metro-North Railroad, MTA Bridges and Tunnels (B&T) and MTA Capital Construction.
    Statistics: (source: MTA)
    The MTA employs more than 74,000 people.
    The operating budget for 2019 is $16.7 billion.
    More than 2.65 billion (2,659,000,000) rides were taken in 2017, with an average weekday ridership of 8.6 million.
    There are 357 bus routes and subway and rail lines.
    Track and bus routes over 5,000 miles.
    More than 5,700 buses rode 2,952 bus route miles in 2017.
    More than 8,800 rail and subway cars rode 2,080 track miles in 2017.
    The MTA provides 24-hour subway and bus service throughout the five boroughs of New York.
    The Times Square-42nd Street subway station was the busiest subway station in 2016. The full top 10 list is found here.
    October 27, 1904 - The first official subway system, the Interborough Rapid Transit Company or IRT, opens in Manhattan. The 9.1-mile long subway line consists of 28 stations from City Hall to 145th Street and Broadway.
    1905 - Subway service expands to the Bronx.