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New Haven Line Leads In Metro-North Ridership Increase

Metro-North Railroad New Haven Line departure board at Grand Central Terminal (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

Metro-North Railroad New Haven Line departure board at Grand Central Terminal (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - Ridership is up on all of Metro-North Railroad‘s lines and the New Haven Line had the most riders of them all in 2012.

The railroad had 83 million riders last year and the New Haven Line scored 38.8 million rides alone. That was a 1.5 percent increase over 2011.

Spokesperson Marjorie Anders said it’s clear passengers like the new M-8 rail cars, which, as of 186 have been accepted as of January 7, and on time service.

“People like them and that, I, believe is a contributing factor to making the railroad more attractive. People are choosing to take the railroad because they know they’re going to get a good ride and a good value,” she told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

Metro-North has also made more trains available, especially for weekend riders.

Anders said the goal is to provide full half hourly service so that people need not check a timetable, they can just head to the station with the assurance that a train will be coming along soon.

“It’s a reliability, a predictability that people find comfortable and that’s our goal in all time periods – off-peak, weekends, nights, everything,” Anders said. “So that’s what we’re working towards little by little.”