Metro ridership Tuesday was 840,145, following the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup victory parade and celebration, the agency said Wednesday, the highest since the Women’s March on Washington last year.
It’s also far more than the 570,557 trips taken the day of President Trump’s inauguration and the roughly 612,000 trips taken on a typical weekday.
Fans from around the region streamed in downtown D.C. to celebrate the team’s big win– and a large majority heeded the advice of officials and used Metro. By midmorning, before the parade started at 11 a.m., Metro said most of its parking lots at stations in Maryland and Virginia were full.
Metro tracks its ridership based on how many people enter the system. It basically involves counting heads, not in terms of the number of passengers, but by “passenger trips.”
But even though the 800,000 number is impressive, it doesn’t even crack the top 10 of the agency’s largest ridership days. The agency’s busiest day was President Barack Obama’s first inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009, when 1.1 million entries were recorded. The second-busiest day in the agency’s history was Jan. 21, 2017 for the Women’s March on Washington when roughly 1 million passenger trips were recorded.
Metro’s three other busiest days were during the April 2010 Cherry Blossom Festival.
Here’s a list of top 10 rail ridership days for Metro.
For Tuesday’s Capitals celebration, Metro ran rush-hour service all day and officials said there were no major problems. The only real excitement was a deer who got into Crystal City station and dashed down the platform and onto the tracks — and escaped through the tunnel unharmed.