Metro ridership up Monday afternoon even after Boston incident

Metro said ridership Monday was slightly higher than another recent weekday and ridership during the evening commute was even higher than the morning rush hour — despite the Boston attacks.

Ridership for Monday was 697,000 passenger trips, compared to Monday, March 11 ridership of 691,000. On Monday, April 8, the Cherry Blossoms drew plenty of tourists, giving Metro a boost with 727,000 passenger trips for that day.

Between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, ridership on Metro was 206,710 passenger trips compared to the morning of 192,245.

Dan Stessel, a Metro spokesman, said “ridership patterns were normal.”

Metro beefed up security Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, with additional uniformed officers, K9 units and other measures in response to the Boston Marathon bombing.

Metro officials said they have no credible threats, but are taking the precautions out of an abundance of caution. On Monday, the transit agency kept its day shift of uniformed officers into the evening.

Stessel said Metro has been allowed by the federal government to “re-program the federal funds [Metro receives]” to offset the costs of paying for additional security these last few days.

 

Dana Hedgpeth is the Washington Post’s lead reporter in covering the Metro rail and bus systems in the D.C. region and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that runs them.
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