Metro’s proposals to provide better service to riders could lead to a cut in funding, which means they would block those improvements if there are no changes.
Metro hopes to lure back riders next year with discounted and expanded unlimited-ride passes as a way to head off long-term forecasts of limited rider revenue growth.
Significant increases in Metro ridership across Northern Virginia in June and July of this year suggest the degree to which round-the-clock track work keeps people away from the system.
One year after Metro’s first round of regular 24/7 track work ended, and weeks before the next major shutdown, there are signs Metro’s ridership decline has leveled off for now.
Entries and exits there dropped 1.8 percent, even when compared with a period when part of one line was shut down for weeks and when two lines were single-tracking for nearly a month.
Over half a million people rode Metro on March 24, the day D.C. hosted March For Our Lives. Now Miriam’s Kitchen, a D.C. charity seeking to end chronic homelessness in D.C., is asking visitors who attended the march to mail in their used Metro cards so they can be redistributed to the homeless.
Metro’s Finance Committee was told that track work, delays and increased competition from Uber and Lyft could play a part in driving riders away from the Metro system.
Metro ridership continues to fall, mainly due to far fewer trips on the bus system where fare hikes were most significant this summer, but that hasn’t necessarily translated to less crowding. Meanwhile, Metro says more riders on the rails and on buses are on time.
Virginians who ride Metro are likely to make more than $75,000 per year at jobs with private companies, a new analysis of Metro survey data suggests. The survey also shows that more Marylanders ride Metro on weekdays than people who live anywhere else.
Metrorail ridership dropped 8 percent in the year ending in June, but Metro claims ridership is stabilizing now as the agency scores more trips as “on time.”
Metro ridership continues to decline across all times of day and days of the week, according to new Metro data. The number of average weekday rail riders is down 9 percent, and bus ridership dropped by 4 percent. That’s even with the near record-setting ridership for January’s Women’s March.
The number of passengers hurt while taking Metro have remained flat during the last four years, new data from the first quarter of the year suggest.
Metro ridership has dropped dramatically at stations affected by 24/7 track work, new numbers show.
The drop in ridership over the first half of the current budget year is far steeper than previous declines. General Manager Paul Wiedefeld says that fiscal year 2019 could be a make-or-break year for the agency.
Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld cited a change in the “marketplace,” lower gas prices and services like Lyft for the ongoing decline in Metro ridership.
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