Originally Posted by miketoronto
PATH is hardly near capacity, and carried way more people in the 1920's (in excess of over 310,000 riders a day or more).
From what I understand, factories and warehouses on the west side of Manhattan had shifts around the clock. Employees would ride the train into the city from New Jersey at all times of day and night. Today, the trains still run 24 hours, but the busiest times are during the morning and afternoon rush hours (7-9am and 4-6pm) periods. When we talk about system capacity, it's usually in reference to these peak periods.
The average count for turnstile entries in June, between 8-9am, was 41,043. This is well above capacity. The hourly peak ridership back in 1920s was nowhere near as high. Instead, ridership levels were more consistent throughout the day.
Here is a nifty report, which breaks down the hourly counts for each station: http://www.panynj.gov/path/pdf/2015-...ship_6_Jun.pdf