LIRR: Historic gain from off-peak job, leisure ridership

Release Date: 
Apr 18 2016
Changes in where, when and how often New Yorkers go to work have helped drive big ridership gains during off-peak hours on the LIRR, which carried more customers in 2015 than any time in 66 years, according to a new Long Island Rail Road report.
The LIRR’s 2015 Annual Ridership Report, released Monday, showed that off-peak travel climbed 2.1 percent last year, more than the 2 percent growth in rush-hour rides.
While leisure trips were up 6.6 percent last year, William Wheeler, director of special project development and planning for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said a growing number of what has traditionally been referred to as “non-commutation” riders are actually customers traveling to and from work.
According to the report, systemwide LIRR ridership has grown by 15 percent over the last 30 years, while non rush-hour travel has risen by 20 percent in just the last 10 years
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