I friend of mine (and reader of the blog) sent me the following email regarding LIRR Long Beach Getaway Package Ridership Numbers (link) which he got from the MTA customer service dept. As you can see on the chart below, July 2014 really took a hit, as the overall number of LIRR Long Beach Getaway Package Ridership Numbers is on a steady decline from 54,048 in 2010 to 47,284 in 2014.
From our city’s website:
“A LIRR Getaway Package entitles you to: • One-day round trip train fare. • Discounted daily beach admission. • Free Long Beach bus service • Discounts on food & drinks at local restaurants. • Hours of fun in our beautiful “City by the Sea”.
Is it the economy? more competition? higher prices? the weather? or do people just not like package deals anymore? Here is the original email with the numbers:
I received the following info on the LIRR Long Beach Getaway Package Ridership for 2014. It shows a modest drop of almost 500 less riders this summer as compared to 2013 and still down almost 3,250 from 2011 and almost 7K from 2010. I wonder if the “tourism” outreach to Manhattan was worth it.
Hard to see what if any impact the tourism push had, or does the weather dictate the usage? Still very weird that we are down 6700+ over past 5 years. Maybe the $12 cost adds up? Same ticket to the Rockaways costs $5.00 for a round trip metro card vs $22 for LB, that $17 is a dinner and beer.Year June July August TOTAL
2014 11,011 17,307 18,966 47,284
2013 10,139 21,606 16,029 47,774
2012 9,264 21,904 17,356 48,524
2011 6,318 32,384 11,830 50,532
2010 7,834 26,683 19,531 54,048PLEASE NOTE: These are only the numbers of people who bought the package and not overall tourists. Also, August 2011 we had a big rain storm, followed by Hurricane Irene.