Metrorail sets ridership record
Metrorail experienced its second-highest weekday ridership ever Thursday, according to a news release from the transit agency.
The 34-year-old rail system recorded 877,890 trips Thursday. Metro officials said the Cherry Blossom Festival and the Washington Capitals hockey game were factors in the record ridership. The highest numbers in Metrorail's history were recorded in 2009 for the Obama Inaugural.
Officials predicted that pleasant weather this weekend and visitors attending the Cherry Blossom Festival will keep crowds heavy (check out Dr. Gridlock's tips for getting around). The Washington Nationals are also hosting the Boston Red Sox in an exhibition game at Nationals Park at 4:05 p.m. Saturday. Metro plans to operate extra trains on the Green Line to accommodate the crowds associated with the baseball game.
According to Metro, here are Metrorail's top five ridership days:
1) Obama Inaugural (Jan. 20, 2009): 1,120,000
2) Cherry Blossom Festival/Washington Capitals (April 1, 2010): 877,890
3) Obama Inaugural activities (Jan.19, 2009): 866,681
4) Baseball/Women of Faith (July 11, 2008): 854,638
5) Ronald Reagan state funeral (June 9, 2004): 850,636
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