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Metrorail sets ridership record again

Just one day after setting a record for its second-highest ridership day, Metrorail passed that mark on Friday.

The subway counted 891,240 trips on Friday. which the transit agency attributed to heavy crowds for the Cherry Blossom Festival and to people attending the Washington Wizards game against Chicago at the Verizon Center.

The previous record for the second-highest day was set on Thursday, when Metro recorded 877,890 trips. The most riders for the system in its 34-year history occurred last year for the inauguration of President Obama on Jan. 20, 2009.

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 Wizards (April 2, 2010: 891,240
3) Cherry Blossom Festival/Washington Capitals (April 1, 2010): 877,890
4) Obama Inaugural activities (Jan.19, 2009): 866,681
5) Baseball/Women of Faith (July 11, 2008): 854,638


On Saturday, the agency experienced is fourth-highest ridership day with 674,173 trips. The records come as the agency struggles with historic budget deficits, which officials have blamed on overall declines in ridership due to the economic downturn.

Metrorail and Metrobus provide more than 1.2 million trips on an average weekday, the agency said.


By Michael Bolden  |  April 5, 2010; 10:58 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting , Metro  
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Comments

This is great, Metro is making alot of money, so why do they have a budget deficit? They need serious auditing someone is pocketing money!

Posted by: arg98 | April 5, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Like EVERY public transit system, the fares paid by Metro customers do not cover the expenses of the system. Ridership took a dip last year but is clearly back on the rise over the past month. Despite this high level of ridership, WMATA spends more than it brings in at the fare gates.

So, yes, although Metro is carrying more riders than ever, it needs more money at a time when local/state governments are broke. Like AMTRAK, WMATA makes statements suggesting that they would break even if only they had more riders. These suggestions are wrong and WMATA should be more transparent about the need for subsidies no matter the level of ridership.

Posted by: KS100H | April 5, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

WMATA wouldn't break even with more riders, WMATA will completely break DOWN.

Posted by: jiji1 | April 5, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

The elected officials that determine Metro's funing level's are out of touch with reality. Bring on Election Day!

Posted by: Hattrik | April 5, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

.".. which the transit agency attributed to heavy crowds for the Cherry Blossom Festival and to people attending the Washington Wizards game against Chicago at the Verizon Center."

Haha. Having been to a few Wizards game along with the other three people in the stadium, I'm positive they had nothing to do with that record. A beautiful saturday plus the mentioned Cherry Blossom festival are the reason.

Posted by: JG55 | April 5, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

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