Metro says it is seeing a 22 percent drop in rail ridership due to the federal government shutdown.
As Metro ridership falls, some people are moving to other forms of public transit.
Metro says train ridership was nearly 5 percent below the agency’s expectations in the first quarter of the fiscal year.
Amtrak officials say their trains carried over 30 million passengers in the past 12 months, the most in one year since the passenger railroad was created four decades ago.
A new Metro report says riders aren’t happy with the transit agency’s “peak-of-the-peak” fares, but the extra 20-cent fee isn’t changing their behavior.
Metro is preparing for crowded conditions this weekend during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is reporting a 22 percent ridership increase last year.
A Metro report says fare increases have been a factor in decreased ridership.