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Metro ridership for inauguration 2017 lowest in years

Friday morning’s Metro ridership was the lowest in at least three presidential inaugurations, according to Metro, as fewer people flocked to the system than would even on a typical weekday.

The transit agency said about 193,000 people had taken trips through the system as of 11 a.m. That’s significantly lower than figures from the 2009 and 2013 inaugurations of President Barack Obama, and on par with ridership for President George W. Bush’s second inauguration in 2005.

The number illustrated what many riders saw this morning: empty platforms, sparsely filled trains and little of the energy they’d grown so used to over the past two inaugurations.

By 11 a.m. on Jan. 20, 2005, when President George W. Bush was inaugurated, about 197,000 trips had been taken, just edging out Friday’s figures.

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A supporter rides the metro toward the Mall for the inauguration of Donald Trump on Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C. (Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)
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The U.S. Capitol frames the backdrop over the stage during a rehearsal of President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony this week in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Donald Trump will be sworn in Friday during an inauguration that’s expected to draw between 700,000 and 900,000 people. Security officials said there are 63 demonstration groups, pro and con, also expected Friday. Follow our liveblog for updates through this afternoon’s inaugural parade.