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Metro's Erasable Line: Calculating Employee Ridership Equals PR Debacle

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It's a good question: "What percentage of Metro employees go Metro to work?"

Facebook user Traci Cummings wanted to know, and so on August 2 she posted the query on Metro's Facebook page, and waited for an answer. The one that was provided, however, revealed a statistic that some felt was a bit appalling; Metro's "official" reply on the thread was that just over 1% of their employees used Metro for their workday commute.

The Bus Bench blog took the 1.6% figure to task in a post, calling it a "lie of omission" and mocking Metro's "Why I Ride" publicity campaign involving employees--presumably the 155 out of 9200 who do use Metro--writing blog posts about their Metro riding habits.

Then that comment thread on Facebook...disappeared.