LIRR Ridership On The Rebound

HICKSVILLE, NY (CBSNewYork) – After three straight years of declining ridership, the Long Island Rail Road appears to be staging a comeback.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

LIRR officials credit an improved economy and the mild winter weather for five straight months of ridership increase, but daily riders say they think it’s all about soaring gas prices.

“I believe it’s the price of gas,” said one.

“It’s a gas inconvenience,” said another. “Parking, driving in Manhattan is nightmare.”

One rider even added, “I get to take a nap.”

LIRR officials also credit the Giants’ Super Bowl win, as ridership doubled on the day of the parade.

Last year, the LIRR fell behind the Metro-North Railroad as the nation’s leading commuter rail system.

Are you using mass transit more? If so, why? Please tell us in the comments section below!

  • VY

    The LIRR will never reach their true potential until they vastly expand the amount of commuter parking spaces at as many stations as possible.
    All the little towns that won’t work with the LIRR to expand parking should become partially bypsssed by rush hour trains which will make stops at stations with more commuter parking.
    The next big project for the LIRR (not counting the East Side Acces to GCT) will be the need to add a thrird track to the Main Line from Bellrose to Hicksville, and then to build new stations with large parking lots and better local highway connections to those sations and parking lots along the Main Line from Ronkonkama to Riverhead.

  • Aaron

    Yes, I am a college student and I do not have a car. I also like riding the railroad because it feels like a vacation!!

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