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Metro-North West of Hudson ridership grows faster than East of Hudson

NEW YORK – Ridership on Metro-North Railroad’s West of Hudson lines is growing at a faster pace than its East of Hudson service.

For the period of January through May, ridership on the on the two West of Hudson lines grew by 6.2 percent with a total of more than 635,514 people using the services.

On the East of Hudson during the same five-months, ridership was down by 0.5 percent with over 33.7 million people riding the three lines.

On-time performance is improving, said Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti.

“Take a look at how many of the trains are falling into that six to 10 minute, where we are getting a lot better,” Giulietti said. “You are not hearing the people that are stuck out there for an hour at a time. We are getting more of the people that it’s not getting there when we said it was going to get there and that’s part of the problem. We are not meeting that end yet. That will be the next phase.”

Ridership on Metro-North’s three connecting services is down. During the first five months of the year, the number of people who used the Newburgh-Beacon Ferry was down 29.2 percent from the same period in 2013. Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry service saw a decline of 21.1 percent. The Hudson Rail Line, though, saw an increase of 3.5 percent.

The decline in ferry ridership was in part due to the frigid winter weather, resulting in service being suspended because of the frozen Hudson River.