STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Do you think it’s been getting a bit more crowded on Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line? It’s not your imagination, reported WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane.

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According to a report in the Stamford Advocate, ridership grew 5.9 percent in the first four months of this year.

Metro-North Vice President of Planning Robert MacLagger said the spike is being driven by more travel between stations between New Haven Line stations and by off-peak ridership.

Intermediate trips outside of the morning peak and evening rush grew 10.1 percent, up to 1.5 million.

“It’s about the cheapest way to get where you need to go,” salesman Michael Pierro, who rides between Stamford and Fairfield, told Murnane. “It’d cost me more to drive.”

Beyond the price of a gallon of gas, new M-8 trains now make up about 30 percent of weekday service and about half of weekend service.

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