Metro’s Weekend Red Line Disruptions and Enhanced Ridership Data Portal

This weekend, on Saturday, Feb. 3, and Sunday, Feb. 4, Metro will conduct maintenance and track work, affecting the Red, Green, and Yellow lines.

The Red Line will see free shuttle buses replacing trains between Dupont Circle and Van Ness stations, and the Cleveland Park and Woodley Park stations will be closed. For the Green and Yellow lines, trains will single track between Mount Vernon Square and L’Enfant Plaza.

The Blue, Orange, and Silver lines will operate normal service throughout the weekend. Customers are advised to plan for service adjustments and allow for additional travel time.

Additionally, Metro has enhanced its public data offerings to simplify the tracking of rail and bus ridership recovery.

The updated ridership data portal now presents a combined view of rail and bus ridership and integrates no-tap ridership into the rail dashboard, allowing for the monitoring of the effectiveness of measures against fare evasion and offering a more comprehensive overview of total ridership. Additionally, the portal includes Metrobus ridership data, utilizing passenger counting devices on board the vehicles to enhance the accuracy of total ridership measurement.

All data available on the portal is downloadable for independent analysis, according to a Metro press release.

Launched in 2019, the ridership data portal aims to provide customers, journalists, jurisdictional staff, researchers, the business community, and other stakeholders with access to valuable insights into Metro’s ridership patterns. Metro said that the provision of open data also serves to promote transparency and accountability.

Notable trends that users can explore on the portal include changing commute patterns, increasing weekend ridership, ridership on significant holidays such as the Fourth of July, and the busiest day in recent Metro history. Users can also assess the ranking of their home station in comparison to others in terms of ridership.

Looking ahead, Metro is set to develop a ridership dashboard for MetroAccess in the coming months.

Photo: “WMATA 7000 series Red Line train at Twinbrook 2023-01-07” by John Brighenti is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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