With the start of new commuter railroad fares yesterday, the MTA Long Island Rail Road must not have been pleased to see that monthly ticket sales took its biggest dip of the year in May. Sales were down 6.1% compared to May 2008. Here is a brief report courtesy of NY1:
Ridership on the Long Island Rail Road is declining.
LIRR officials said today that last month the railroad experienced its biggest drop this year in monthly ticket sales. Sales were 6.1 percent lower this May compared to last May.
The rail road says the number of monthly ticket sales so far this year is 4.7 percent lower than the first five months of 2008.
Overall ridership is down 4.2 percent from this time last year.
The numbers for the month & mainly the year as compared to 2008 are not surprising. With the economy in such dire straits, commuters are being forced to pay more overall due to money being too tight for the upfront expense. Hopefully as the economy improves, sales for the Long Island Rail Road will as well.
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