MTA ridership grew in 2012
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HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. -- It was certainly a rough year for transportation across the Hudson Valley and in New York City after the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
The MTA provided more than 2.5 billion trips to its customers last year, including MetroNorth riders.
The subway saw nearly 14 million more rides than in 2011.
Last year also marked the highest overall ridership on the subway since the early 1950s.
MetroNorth also saw a small increase.
MTA officials estimate the damage caused by Sandy resulted in a loss of 50 million trips across all services.
MetroNorth's Port Jervis line has also been selected for an award that commends the restoration project following Tropical Storm Irene.
Called the Diamond Award, it recognizes the hard work of the engineers and employees who rebuilt the line in record time.
After the 2011 storm, 40 washouts damaged the line, resulting in twisted tracks and damaged bridges.
Service was fully restored in three months, and all repairs were completed by last spring. The Port Jervis Line Reconstruction Project also received national recognition for the 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards.