2013 was a record year for Metro-North’s ridership

Despite a grim year with crashes and service woes, the MTA’s commuter railroad saw an all-time high in commuters

Spuyten Duyvil Station on the Metro-North Hudson Line

Spuyten Duyvil Station on the Metro-North Hudson Line Photograph: Anthony22 / Wikipedia

Though 2013 will surely be remembered as the year of the tragic Spuyten Duyvil derailment for Metro-North, the commuter service's ridership hit an all-time high. The record number of passengers carried—81.8 million—is all the more surprising considering the railroad's string of problems, including its first-ever passenger fatalities, leading to its president, Howard Permut, to step down.

Officials attribute the troubled railroad's bump in ridership to the economy's growth and the restoration of services lost to budget cuts in 2010 (the Long Beach, Montauk and Port Jefferson lines came back to life, among other improvements). Despite those positive tidings, the Metro-North's year of problems involved a train crash last spring that left many riders injured; a worker's death in Connecticut shortly afterward; and long-lasting disruptions on the Hudson line in July and the New Haven line in September, making commuting a regular hell for thousands of commuters.

So, a less-than-reliable service achieving a record number of passengers? Huh. Do better in 2014, Metro-North!

(h/t Daily News)

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