According to the Examiner, Metrorail ridership has dropped by .36 percent and Metro says it’s due to the economy (across the country, rail ridership rose by two percent).
“The Washington region’s recession may have hit later than in other places but has not been as severe,” Metro spokesman Dan Stessel acknowledged. Still, he said, employment growth and spending have stalled in the federal sector, and Metrorail ridership is especially sensitive to changes there.
Fair enough, since the latest jobs report notes that government employment has been “trending down” since 2008. Meanwhile bus ridership has gone up 6.61 percent and Metro says they have no idea why—-though it may be because of a year’s worth of under-reporting how many riders the system has.
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