LIRR performance over the years

LIRR by the numbers

Let’s take a look at the Long Island Rail Road’s track record over the past decade.

Ridership on the LIRR has increased by 11 percent in the past eight years, even though population growth on Long Island was only about 2 percent. Train delays through this period have been trending upwards as well.

Commuting time in general increased over the same time.

The number of riders on an average weekday on the LIRR has increased by more than 8,000 since 2011 and train reliability (based on the mean distance between failures) has been trending downwards for the past two years.

If LIRR ridership continues to trend upwards – will it be able to serve the needs of this region? For a deeper dive, take a look at our colleague Newsday reporterAlfonso Castillo‘s detailed look into the LIRR’s crowded conditions and train shortages.

Data from Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) annual reports and American Public Transport Association (APTA)

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