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Metro-North officially edged out the LIRR in ridership for the first time in nearly three decades — after chugging along and adding passengers for years — making it the newly-minted largest commuter railroad in the country, The Post has learned.
It’s a huge turning point for both agencies, which often have fierce behind-the-scenes competition for money, resources, and respect.
"There are less breakdowns, less disruptions, and service is much more on time on Metro-North," said William Kelly, 50, who rode the LIRR for 16 years before moving to Rye and switching railroads.
In September, Metro-North carried 6,852,667 million people on its rails, a three-percent increase from that month in 2009.
LIRR, on the other hand, carried 6,834,000 riders, a three percent decrease from last September.
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