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Metro Ridership Increases/Decreases in October

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"It depends on how you look at it," Steve Hymon at the Bottleneck Blog said. In October, Metro's ridership increased when you compare it to October's 2007 ridership. However, on a month-to-month basis, ridership in general--except for the subway--is dipping as gas prices continue to fall.

But the real question for many is if the late-night subway service beginning this Friday will have enough ridership to sustain the service beyond its holiday pilot project life.

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October 2008 Ridership Statistics:

  • 301,262 average weekday boardings on the Metro Red, Purple, Blue, Gold, and Green lines compared to 258,333 boardings in October 2007.
  • Red/Purple Lines: 154,935 boardings, up 20.87 percent from last year and up from September 2008 with around 5,000 more daily boardings.
  • Blue Line: 80,577 boardings, up 9.34 percent from last year and down from this September's 84,917.
  • Green Line: 41,746 weekday boardings, up 9.93 percent from last year; down from 45,346 in September 2008.
  • Gold line: 24,004 boardings, up 29.87 percent from last year and slightly less than the month before when it was 25,511.
  • Orange Line: 25,428 boardings, up 6.72 percent over last year, down from September's 27,987.
  • Metro Buses: 1,222,589 weekday boardings compared 1,175, 256 in October 2007 and 1,253,620 in September 2008.