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Ridership at 2 Queens train stations spiked: Study

Two Queens subway stations were among those with top ridership in a new report that shows how the number of straphangers is increasing in the outer boroughs.

The Center for an Urban Future said the F train station at 21st Street at Queensbridge in Long Island City and the No. 7 train stop at 45th Road at Courthouse Square were among the stations with the highest growth.

The report said the 21st Street−Queensbridge station recorded an increase in riders of 253 percent between 1998 and 2008, with a daily average of 7,374, up from 2,088.

The 45th Road−Courthouse Square station was up by 189 percent, with a daily average of 9,848 riders daily, up from 3,410.

The report said the top station citywide was the F train stop at Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street in Manhattan, with an increase of 777 percent. The daily average number of passengers in the station totaled 13,488, up from 1,538.

Reach contributing writer Philip Newman by e−mail at news@timesledger.com or phone at 718−229−0300, Ext. 136.

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