The first LIRR train arrives at the new Elmont LIRR...

The first LIRR train arrives at the new Elmont LIRR station on Nov. 16, 2021 in Elmont. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Long Island Rail Road trains ran on time more often in 2021 than in any year in its recorded history, the agency reported.

The LIRR’s annual on-time performance of 96.3% was the highest since the railroad adopted its record-keeping system nearly 50 years ago. It’s the second consecutive year that the LIRR set the modern record, having run 95.9% of its trains on time in 2020.

On-time performance improved on eight of 11 branches in 2021, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which considers a train on time if it arrives at its final destination within 5 minutes 59 seconds of scheduled arrival time.

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