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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday that Shore Line East ridership set a record in July with 63,959 passenger trips.
"In recent years, we have added more weekday and weekend service on Shore Line East, especially in and out of New London, and that investment is paying off," Malloy said in a statement. "It's clear that residents, whether commuters going to work or tourists visiting historic shoreline sites, are taking advantage of this service. Investments in public transportation not only mean more convenience and reduced congestion, they also pay dividends throughout the local and regional economy."
Shore Line East operates 34 weekday trains and 21 weekend and holiday trains between New Haven and New London. There are also four "through trains" to and from Stamford each weekday.
In a press release from Malloy's office, state Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker said July ridership was 5 percent more than June, in part because of a special service for July's Sailfest in New London. Through July, there have been 382,716 rides compared to 375,524 through July of 2013.