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Weekend Track Work and Unexpected Shut Downs Cost D.C. Metro Millions in Revenue

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 09:37 AM

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Farecard machines in a D.C.'s Metro station (Jonathon Colman/flickr)

Metro is losing riders and revenue for the transit agency is falling short of projections, according to new numbers released by the transit agency.

Due in part to a large drop in weekend use — when track work leads to long waits — Metro rail ridership fell more than four percent during the last fiscal year. Weekend ridership this past June was 12 percent lower than in June 2012. 

In a report the Metro board will mull over at its Thursday meeting, the drop in riders is also being blamed on the shutdown caused by Hurricane Sandy and the federal government's unexpected Christmas Eve holiday. Metro's fiscal year 2013 overall revenue was $20.3 million below projections. Revenue from rail ridership was $7.2 million below projections, as 9.3 million fewer trips were taken than budgeted.

Fewer riders, of course, means less revenue.

These figures come at a time when riders face several more years of track work that has already alienated some to the point where they've abandoned mass transit on the weekends in favor of driving.

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Comments [2]

Matthias from New York, NY

WMATA really needs to beef up bus service, especially on the weekends.

Sep. 11 2013 11:23 AM
matt from maryland

it wouldnt have to do with the 23 pct rise in theft? the 14 dollar all day pass thats a out right rip off? nah none of that has nothing to do with it does it? or the fact that they just raised fares this year?

Sep. 11 2013 09:13 AM

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