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LIRR ridership at modern-day record last year

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LIRR ridership at modern-day record last year

Ridership on the Long Island Rail Road hit a modern-day record with 86.1 million passengers last year, the highest number in nearly six decades, officials said.

 

LIRR President Helena Williams attributed the growth - a 4.9 percent increase from 2006 - to "higher gas prices as well as job growth in New York City." She also cited the railroad's improved on-time performance, which reached a record-setting 96.5 percent for last month.

 

"Our research shows customer satisfaction is directly tied to on-time performance, and the LIRR is continuing to deliver in that important category," she said.

 

Full story: newsday_logo.gif icon_offsite.png - February 13, 2008

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it looks like all transit has been up. the rising cost of gas, traffic congestion are more or less likely are contributing to it.

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I'm not surprised. The expense of owning an automobile today (gas and insurance) is certainly enough to make mass transit a more appealing option.

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yea all the commuter railroads ridership has been going up....I would say the most dramatic increase though must be NJ Transit....that railroads weekday ridership has virtually doubled within the last couple of years...if not more

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Of course not. I know I would be happy everytime. I think 95% of LIRR trains I've taken, they were all on time. I rarely take LIRR but enough to say a little experience on it.

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I'm not surprised. The expense of owning an automobile today (gas and insurance) is certainly enough to make mass transit a more appealing option.

 

I've driven, been a auto and bus passenger to and taken rail between NYC and trenton, i gotta say, rail will always be my first choice by far! If i lived on long island now as i did a year ago, i'd choose rail again over being driven/taxi. I expect the east side access project will also bring increased ridership.

 

- Andy

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