WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of people attending the Inaugural Opening Ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial helped Metro set a new Sunday ridership in the transit agency’s 32-year history on Sunday, Jan. 18.
Riders took 616,324 trips, smashing the previous all-time high ridership day for a Sunday by 75,000 trips.
Combined with 86,836 Metrobus trips, the Metro system carried about 703,000 trips.
Yesterday’s high rail ridership also makes it the third highest overall weekend ridership day in Metro’s history. The highest weekend ridership day occurred on June 8, 1991, when 786,358 trips were recorded for a Desert Storm rally. The second highest weekend ridership day occurred on Oct. 4, 1997, when 725,909 trips were recorded for a Promise Keepers rally.