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NoVa Transit Ridership Up Slightly Over 2017

The April – June (4th quarter FY2018) transit ridership figures recently released by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) show that usage was slightly up in comparison to the same period in 2017.  According to NVTC, “Ridership of Metrorail, VRE, and DASH increased by four percent, one percent, and two percent, respectively, while other systems experienced ridership decreases.”

From April through June of FY2017, SafeTrack was underway. In response to planned service disruptions to Metrorail, local transit agencies offered additional services. These SafeTrack surges included Blue and Yellow Lines single tracking between Braddock Road and Huntington/Van Dorn Street (March 4th – April 12th) and an Orange Line segment shutdown between New Carrolton and Stadium-Armory (May 16th – June 15th). 

Silver Line ridership also continues to improve.  More than 2.4 million riders used the Silver Line in the 2018 4th quarter, an increase of 7.9% over 2017 figures.


Source: WMATA. Ridership is based on station entries and exits. 

Note: On a quarterly basis, NVTC reports year to date ridership. This information is provided to NVTC by the local and regional transit service provider. Data is not finalized until NVTC’s Annual Transit Performance Update.

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