Metro ridership down 5 percent in first quarter
WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro says train ridership was nearly 5 percent below the agency's expectations in the first quarter of the fiscal year.
Metro has also said publicly that rate hikes that took effect in July and a reduction in federal transit benefits have also resulted in fewer riders.
Average weekday ridership dropped 2.5 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier. Weekend ridership dropped even more, falling by 6.4 percent on Saturdays and 5.7 percent on Sundays.
Metro typically does track work on weekends when ridership is already down.
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