Metro Hits Highest Weekday Rail Ridership Mark Since Start of Pandemic

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, weekday Metrorail ridership surpassed 200,000 trips last Friday, Sept. 24, according to Metro.

The agency said numbers were influenced by strong midday and evening traveling. On July 4 — a Sunday — Metro reported that rail ridership topped 210,000 trips, the highest number since pre-pandemic levels.

In March 2020, Metro began reducing service and closing stations due to the rising COVID-19 pandemic. On Sept. 8 last year, all stations opened for the first time since March. That month, the agency said weekday rail ridership was at 12% of pre-pandemic levels and some lines saw as high as a 90% drop in ridership and revenue.

In February this year, Metro said ridership was down about 90% on rail and 60% on Metrobus.

Face masks are mandated when using transportation networks including rail, bus and aircraft until Jan. 18, 2022 per current requirements from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. She can be reached at or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.


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