The local economy is so bad it's eating into train ridership. MTA's figure, recently reported down 4 percent
, appears to be leveling out, and MTA even holds out hope that it's not as bad as it looked
. But things are worse in Staten Island. The 14-mile Staten Island Railway is on pace for a 6.6 percent ridership drop
-- this despite such innovations as the Early Departure "Get-a-Way" schedule
during the Thanksgiving weekend. The drop is attributed to unemployment
, but we suspect the recent introduction of turnstiles at Tompkinsville
, preventing those who had been so inclined to get out there and evade paying their fare, may have something to do with it.