Metro Ridership Down

October 2, 2013

The first day of the federal government’s shutdown left Metro trains less crowded than usual. There are typically 750,000 trips on an average weekday, and its bus system handles about 450,000. But as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Metro’s rail ridership was down 2 percent, to 411,000, compared with the same time period a week ago. The rail system saw blips at midday, as some federal workers headed home, but trains, station platforms and buses were half-empty during the 5 o’clock rush hour. (WaPo)

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