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Report: Barclays Giving Big Boost To LIRR Ridership

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Ridership on the Long Island Rail Road is reportedly way up thanks to Brooklyn's new Barclays Center.

Newsday reports ridership at the Brooklyn station surged an average of 334 percent on nights when events were being held at the arena.

The commuter line has averaged an extra 3,300 new riders to Atlantic Terminal on event nights.

The railroad has added train service on event nights to meet demand.

The extra Barclays Center customers are helping the railroad's overall ridership to tick up slightly from the previous year's.

That's despite more than a month of service interruptions and reductions last year because of Hurricane Sandy.

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