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Metrorail Late Night Usage Patterns

February 17th, 2011 1 comment
Late Night OD Map by SuperZone

The Metro board recently received a staff presentation containing some options for narrowing the projected gap in the fiscal year 2012 budget.  One of these options, the elimination of weekend late-night service, garnered a lot of attention in the media and on the local transit blogs. A lot of the discussion centered around understanding who these passengers are (late night revelers, night shift workers), where they’re starting their trips and where they’re ending them.   Others discussed what other transit alternatives might be viable replacements for Metrorail late-night service.

One local blog, Greater Greater Washington, posted a great diagram generated by one of their contributors that illustrates total station volumes for late night trips and helps see whether a station is an origin station, a destination station, or in the middle.  The map does a wonderful job of illustrating origins, destinations and volumes, but leaves one question unanswered:  what sorts of trips are actually being made?

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