WASHINGTON (AP) — Superstorm Sandy did little lasting damage in the Washington area, but it did cause a big dip in Metro’s ridership.
The Washington Examiner reports that the transit agency’s ridership was 9.5 percent below its internal forecasts for the month of October. Metro was shut down for almost two days as a precaution during and after the storm.READ MORE: 'It's Ridiculous': Drivers React To Increase In Gas Prices
As a result, a Metro report says the agency’s buses, trains and shuttles lost an estimated 2.4 million trips.READ MORE: 'Let's Go For It': Western Maryland Residents React To Letters From Republican Lawmakers To West Virginia Asking To Be Adopted By The State
Metro’s ridership was already 4.9 percent below the agency’s forecast for the first three months of the current fiscal year. The report says those losses add up to $13.4 million less revenue than the agency had budgeted so far. But agency officials say they are not over budget because they’ve been managing expenses effectively.MORE NEWS: Aromatherapy Spray Linked To US Deaths Faces Recall
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