Washington Post to halt publication of Express commuter paper

Express, the quick-read free commuter newspaper distributed outside Metrorail stations and commonly seen strewn about Metro cars, is ceasing publication.

The Washington Post, which publishes Express, said Wednesday it will push out the final edition of the paper on Thursday morning. The five-day-a-week paper was launched in 2003.

The Post said in a release the growth of WiFi on the region’s Metro system allowed it to serve more readers “in ways that couldn’t have been imagined when it launched [Express] 16 years ago.”

Twenty journalists will be laid off as a result of the paper’s closure, according to the Post. Roughly 75 hawkers were employed to hand out Express, according to the report.

Its circulation reached a peak of 190,000 per day in 2007, but had fallen to about 130,000 this year, according to the report. Express Executive Editor Dan Caccavaro told the Post the drop in circulation was a result of a decrease in Metro ridership.

The Post said it plans to offer Express…

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