Metro Ridership Down, Revenue Lower Than Expected

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File photo of a Metro train. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a Metro train. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Metro rail fares brought in $20 million less than projected during the fiscal year that ended in June.

Metro mostly blames the fare increase that took effect more than a year ago and changes to the federal transit subsidy, while sequestration is pegged as having a “modest” effect.

Off-peak track work appears to be a deterrent, too. Weekend ridership was down 12 percent. Factor in a much smaller decrease in bus usage, and system-wide ridership dropped by more than 9 million.

Gains from the inauguration and the late-arriving cherry blossoms were cancelled out by other things, one being the closure for Hurricane Sandy.

Still, revenue increased overall because of the fare increase.

WNEW’s Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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