Governor Hochul Announces Ridership Records on MTA Commuter Railroads
, 2022-09-09 11:53:46,
LIRR and Metro-North Both Set Ridership Records, Carrying More Than 380,000 Riders; LIRR Surpasses 200,000 Riders on Weekday for First Time Since March 2020.
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced record ridership on Metropolitan Transportation Authority commuter railroads Wednesday, September 7. The Long Island Rail Road surpassed 200,000 riders on a weekday for the first time since March 2020, carrying 203,983 riders. Metro-North Railroad carried a record 179,268 riders on Wednesday, surpassing the railroad’s previous record set on June 28 of 174,900.
“I am proud to announce this new ridership milestone as we welcome New Yorkers back to school and work this week,” Governor Hochul said. “Public transportation is the lifeblood of New York City, and we look forward to building on this progress as we continue working to return to pre-pandemic ridership levels.”
Subways and buses also showed growth, carrying close to five million riders the day before New York City schools opened. Subway ridership climbed nearly 10 percent compared to last week, carrying 3,440,418 riders, a 36.1 percent increase from the comparable day in 2021. Ridership on buses was also strong with a preliminary total 1,313,658 riders, expected to rise by approximately 15 percent when the rider count is complete.
MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said, “Mass transit is the lifeblood of New York, and most affordable way to get around. It is the best way for people to…
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