Metro ridership tumbled 11 percent this spring

WASHINGTON (AP) — Metro’s rail ridership has fallen to levels not seen in more than decade.

Documents released Tuesday show that riders took 321 million trips across the Metro system in the fiscal year that ended June 30, down 20 million, or 6 percent, from the previous fiscal year. Metro had forecast a 3.2 percent increase in riders.

The declines were especially pronounced from April to June, when ridership decreased 11 percent compared with the same time period last year.

The Washington Post reports the Metro board’s chairman, Jack Evans, partially attributed the ridership slide to SafeTrack and concerns about safety and reliability.

General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld is expected to release his proposed budget in October or November for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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