Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Long Island Rail Road: Low Ridership Trains

We examined records maintained by the Long Island Rail Road and determined that, during 1993, the Rail Road operated 390 trains a week that carried twenty or fewer passengers. We further determined that more than half these trains carried ten or fewer passengers. We estimated that the cost of operating these trains exceeded the revenue generated by the trains by about $1.4 million a year. We examined what could be done to reduce the number of such trains and found that the Rail Road has not established criteria indicating the minimum number of passengers required for a regularly scheduled train. While we recognize that such factors as customer demand and crew deployment must be considered when scheduling trains, we believe consideration should also be given to the number of passengers using the train.

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