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LIRR ridership down last month

 Fewer passengers rode the Long Island Rail Road last month than during the same period in 2009, according to LIRR figures released Monday, ending a brief spike in ridership over the summer that had railroad officials optimistic that more people would use the train.

Ridership was down 1.4 percent last month as compared with September of 2009. "Frankly, that was disappointing, because the two months of July and August were strong. So we were hoping for better than that," LIRR chief financial officer Mark Young said.

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