A PORTRAIT OF INAUGURATION-GOERS ON THE D.C. METRO
More than 650,000 people used the Washington, D.C. Metrorail during President Barack Obama’s second inauguration on Monday.
According to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, ridership in the system hit 657,000 by 6:30 p.m. During the same time period at Obama’s first inauguration, there were 923,000 rail entries.
In the weeks leading up to the 57th presidential inauguration, event organizers and local authorities asked people to take the Metro to inauguration events.
On Monday around 5:30 a.m., ridership on the Yellow Line from the Huntington station in Virginia to the Mt. Vernon Square station in the center of Washington was light. There were plenty of seats in cars for people who wanted them and there was no crowding on the platform.
A ride from Vienna to Metro Center on the Orange line took about 40 minutes. According to WMATA’s trip calculator, the same trip would take 29 minutes on a typical travel day.
At the conclusion of the swearing-in ceremony, officials temporarily closed some stations including those at Federal Triangle, L’Enfant Plaza and Federal Center SW.
To see photos of rides on the metro’s Orange and Yellow lines this morning, take a look below: