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Metro-North Sets Ridership Record For 2015


New York transit officials say ridership increased on the nation's two largest commuter railroad systems last year. Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials Tuesday said there were a record number of riders on the Metro-North Railroad in 2015. They say more than 86 million people rode on the commuter rail system that connects New York City, its northern suburbs in the Hudson Valley and Connecticut.

Officials say there also was an increase in the number of riders on the Long Island Rail Road, the nation's largest commuter rail system. The MTA says the LIRR saw the highest number of riders since 1949 with 87.6 million commuters last year.

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast attributed the uptick, in part, to a generation of millennials who values public transportation.Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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