Metro ridership has tanked, thanks to years of neglect, poor reliability and concerns about safety — and now the massive, disruptive effort to correct for all that. Tripping wants to hear your story. (Photo by Amanda Voisard/For the Washington Post)

Metro ridership hit a peak in 2009 after 13 years of growth. It’s been downhill since, however, and downhill faster than ever lately, as problem after problem has afflicted the region’s subway system. To no one’s surprise, this year’s massive campaign to rebuild the system — known as SafeTrack — has deflated ridership even more.

The latest figures show Metro ridership fell 11 percent in the fourth quarter this year, compared to the previous year. A Metro consultant has warned that if the downward trend continues, the transit agency will face a budget shortfall of $1.1 billion by 2020.

Is this because of people like you? If it is, let us know. Tripping is interested in telling the stories of people who used to ride Metro — and maybe even loved it — and just can’t do it anymore. Whether you’ve sworn off Metro for the duration of SafeTrack or sworn off Metro for good, we’d like to hear from you below.

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