After the completion of the full railroad 60 million passengers a year were carried (1914); the number of passengers kept rising until it reached its high point of 113 million a year in 1927, the year the first vehicular tunnel opened. Thereafter, the annual number of passengers trended downwards through the Depression, recovered during the war and immediate post-war years to reach 66.2 million in 1948. Then, the decline in number of passengers started again, with the nadir being reached at the closing of the Erie Railroad Terminal. There was a slight upwards blip when the last of the competing ferry services ended and a more significant one after the re-routing of several commuter lines ("Aldene Plan" 1962-1967).
Since then there has been a constant increase in the number of passengers, reaching 60,000,000 passengers a year in 1995 and over 67,000,000 in 1999, 38,000,000 of whom entered the system from New Jersey stations and 29,400,000 from New York stations. The number of pasengers for 2000 rose to 72,000,000 and the passengers count is now at 249,000 per workday. In fact, by the late 1990s the number of passengers was high enough to resurrect trans-Hudson ferry service to handle the overflow.
No matter what the time of day or distance travelled, the fare is a flat $1.50 payable as coin or bill in cash or with a "QuickCard". Commuters can make use of the Quick Card to get 40 rides for $1.20 apiece or an 11 trip version of the Quick Card for $1.36 a ride. Senior citizen fare, with a special identification issued by PATH, is $1.
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