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Guess Metro ridership on the 4th

Your guide to the weekend and beyond

We already know Washington is going to be crowded on Independence Day, with concerts, fireworks and a National game drawing people downtown. But just how crowded will Metro be?

The transit authority is sponsoring a contest that lets you guess. The winner receives a SmarTrip card loaded with $100 in value and a Metrorail poster.

Metro says some of the factors to consider are the weather, the fireworks, the Nationals game and whether people went out of town instead of sticking around. You have to submit your entry before midnight Saturday. You can enter here on the Metro Web site.

By Michael Bolden  | July 2, 2010; 4:17 PM ET
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Oh, come on, I think we can be much more creative than just ridership total. How about guessing how many trains will be off-loaded because somebody jammed the doors or how many 10-car trains try to service a platform with a clueless operator at the controls?

Posted by: WashingtonDame | July 2, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the guessing on how many trains will be offloaded . many would win hands down. then there are also how many of the seats reserved for people with disabilities will be taken by strong young men and women without any compassion for those in need. they walk in slop onto the seats even though there are MANY empty seats available. if this is not the right forum then I believe one should be formed ,so that all these "abusers" could be put to shame.

Posted by: bobonboard | July 3, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Knowing Metro's arithmetic, I'm guess Metro will say 17 people rode the system on July 4.

Then it will file for another rate increase to offset declining ridership.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | July 4, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

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