- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - New York transit officials say ridership increased on the nation’s two largest commuter railroad systems last year.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says Tuesday there were a record number of riders on the Metro-North Rail Road in 2015. It says more than 86 million people rode on the commuter rail system that connects New York City, its northern suburbs and Connecticut.

Officials say there was also an increase of riders on the Long Island Rail Road, the nation’s largest commuter rail system. The MTA says the LIRR saw the highest number of riders since 1949 with a total of 87.6 million commuters last year.

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast attributed the uptick, in part, to a generation of millennials who value public transportation.

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