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The Way We Rode: LIRR Ridership Quadruples for Streisand Concert
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 04:34 PM
New York's MTA says ridership on the Long Island Rail Road was four times higher than normal during Thursday's Barbra Streisand concert.
On a routine day, 990 passengers take LIRR trains westbound to Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal station, which is across the street from the Barclays Center. On October 11th, that number increased to 4,035.
LIRR ridership also bumped up -- although not as dramatically -- during the September 28 Jay-Z concert, which saw 2,169 passengers.
The MTA increases LIRR service during events at the Barclays Center.
Subway ridership was up for both performers, as shown in the below chart.