johnpbarlow wrote: ↑Fri May 14, 2021 5:13 am
FWIW, I was talking to a LIRR commuter on Wednesday and he said the LIRR trains he commuted on to/from NYC was pretty empty. Attached is the current daily LIRR ridership summary.
JB and Everyone:
Interesting mention about LIRR ridership - which had dropped to around 25 percent of 2019 normal levels.
There was a huge mistake made in March - The LIRR implemented timetables effective Monday March 9 that
was equivalent in service to the 2020 Essential Service Schedules that were in effect during the height of the
pandemic problem back in 2020 causing a few peak trains to run SRO - with the backlash over those problems
the LIRR re-implemented timetables issued January 25 on March 29 - that had some service cuts implemented
in comparison to the previous schedule from fall 2020.
The next change will be on June 7 - which will be the LIRR Summer 2021 schedules. It will be interesting to
note service levels to the Montauk Branch in particular. Riders are returning to LIRR trains gradually...
Another interesting situation could be the gasoline supply problem resulting from the pipeline hacking
if it does drive prices high or create temporary spot shortages - will that be an incentive to return to rail?
JB: What LIRR Branch does the commuter you talked to ride on?
Which MBTA Commuter Rail line has the strongest and weakest ridership in the aftermath of the pandemic?
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS