Cumberland Times-News

April 15, 2014

Cherry blossoms boost Metro ridership


Associated Press

— WASHINGTON (AP) — Metro says good weather and the cherry blossoms’ peak bloom contributed to high ridership over the weekend.

Metro says that on Saturday riders took 638,474 trips on the rail system. That’s nearly double the ridership of an average Saturday.

It’s also the highest Saturday ridership since October 30, 2010. On that day, when comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert hosted the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” on Washington’s National Mall, officials estimated more than 825,000 Metrorail trips.

On Sunday, travelers took 405,154 trips on Metro. That made the day the busiest Sunday since July 4, 2010.