Metro ridership for Trump’s inauguration far lower than Obama’s


Ridership on Washington’s Metrorail was significantly lower the morning of President Donald Trump’s inauguration than both of Barack Obama’s inaugurations, the agency said Friday.

There were 193,000 trips taken by 11 a.m. on Friday, Metro said in a tweet. In contrast, there were 317,000 trips taken by the same time on the day of Obama’s second inauguration in 2013.

{mosads}Ridership the morning of Obama’s first inauguration ceremony in 2009 was 513,000 — more than double Friday morning’s.

Ridership was 197,000 on the morning of George W. Bush’s second swearing-in in 2005.

It was around 48 degrees with slight drizzle and clouds during Friday’s ceremony.

Metrorail opened one hour earlier, beginning at 4 a.m., on Inauguration Day. The system operated at rush-hour service levels until 9 a.m.

Five Metro stations near the National Mall were closed for security: Archives, Mt. Vernon Square, Federal Triangle, Smithsonian and Pentagon.


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