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Metro records 779,787 trips on Inauguration Day

Tuesday - 1/22/2013, 9:04am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - The subway in the nation's capital recorded 779,787 passenger entries to the system on Inauguration Day, about 70 percent of ridership on Inauguration Day in 2009.

The Metro system recorded an all-time high ridership four years ago, counting 1.12 million trips.

Metro says that, unlike four years ago, Inauguration Day fell Monday on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. That meant more people were off work and not commuting.

Metro hasn't said where Monday's total falls on its list of all-time high ridership. But the day doesn't even make it into the top 20, which includes days when there were baseball games, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival and the state funeral for President Ronald Reagan. More than 830,000 people rode trains on each of those days.


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