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4/8/2005



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Cherry blossom events, start of tourist season spike WMATA's ridership


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On Wednesday, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) recorded its sixth-highest daily ridership at 755,559 passengers. Officials attribute the spike to the cherry blossom events, start of the tourist season and spring break.

So far in April, WMATA's daily ridership has exceeded 700,000 passengers three times. On April 1 and 5, the authority carried 721,051 and 728,293 passengers, respectively.

WMATA posted its highest-ever daily ridership of 850,636 passengers on June 9, 2004, during President Reagan’s funeral.



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