Ridership Declines On Long Island Rail Road

SYOSSET, NY (WCBS 880) – An optimistic spike in ridership over the summer on the Long Island Rail Road has turned into disappointment.

LISTEN: WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reports

Officials blame mechanical disruptions, bad weather, and a struggling economy for a ridership decline in September and year-to-date overall.

Daily commuter Bob Lasay, however, points to another factor.

“Other than fares increasing, it’s probably last year a lot of people who can’t afford the regular rate,” Lasay told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs. “As long as they keep increasing the pricing, I think ridership will go down.”

Some experts, however, blame the economy. History, they say, shows that when the economy is up, so is ridership.

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  • CSI

    Soon enough it is going to be cheaper to own and operate a car. Good way to convince people to go green. When going green is costing us more.

  • lijoe

    Bus to Jamaica with free transfer for the subway is worth the extra twenty minutes and saving $190.00 a month.

  • Pi$$ed Off Long Islander

    After the next planned fare increase, I can actually drive my BIG AMERICAN GAS GUZZLER into Queens and take a subway to Manhattan for less than the LIRR will cost me. If I can do that with my vehicle, think about everyone else with the little rice-burners getting 25+ MPG. Where is the incentive to take public transportation? The new train cars suck, they are already loud, squeeky and rickety. For the largest commuter railroad, it is very poorly run. Someone should be held accountable for this system.

  • Joe

    $306.00 a month to ride to mostly poorly operated railroad in the country !! What do they expect ????? Then they spend how many millions to put in 64 new lamp posts, new railings, new shelters on my platform … ALL COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY !!!!!!!!

  • rock n roll

    Keep raising the fares and see how long people will put up woth it http://www.kriegsview.com see ya there

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