WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials with Metro and Virginia Railway Express say ridership on subway and commuter trains appears to be back to normal now that the federal government is open.

Metrorail experienced about a 20 percent drop in ridership during the shutdown, costing the transit agency a few hundred thousand dollars a day. Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says the agency lost millions of dollars, although a final figure isn’t available.

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Stessel says ridership through 11 a.m. Thursday was up 19 percent from the same time Thursday of last week, suggesting that ridership was on target to return to pre-shutdown levels.

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A VRE spokesman says ridership is projected at 19,650 for Thursday, which is comparable to riders on Thursdays last month. Ridership had been down nearly 30 percent during the shutdown.

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