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Riders abandoning Metro on weekends

According to WMATA’s latest performance review, overall Metrorail ridership is dropping, and weekend ridership is plummeting.

Overall there were 4.2 percent fewer Metrorail riders in fiscal 2013 compared to fiscal 2012, and weekend ridership in June 2013 was fully 12 percent lower than weekends in June 2012.

Although Metro’s report claims the drop is due to Hurricane Sandy and the federal government’s unanticipated extra Christmas Eve holiday, the obvious explanation is terrible weekend service. Neither the hurricane nor a one-day holiday in December had any effect on that June 2013 number, after all.

Obviously Metro needs to perform a lot of maintenance on weekends. That’s necessary and appropriate. But WMATA could do (and used to do) more to make the system usable on weekends.

[Continue reading Dan Malouff’s post on BeyondDC.]

Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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