Metro Ridership Drops in July

The Associated Press
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 8:27 AM

Metro officials say ridership on both its train and bus systems fell in July.

Ridership on Metrorail fell 2.3 percent in July compared to the same period last year. The decline follows a 1.7 percent increase in June.

Meanwhile, bus ridership fell 4.1 percent in July compared to a year earlier after a 1.6 percent drop in June.

The drop in ridership comes after a June 22 crash on Metrorail that killed nine people and injured 70 more. However, Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel says officials don't know whether the decline in ridership is due to the crash or the economy.

Last summer, the transit agency hit new ridership highs as gasoline prices spiked, but it may be seeing the effects of lower gas prices and job losses since then.

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