Where Are Those Rail Riders Going?

May 12th, 2015

Ever wonder where rail riders are going to and from? Here’s a map that shows you.

“What are the destinations of riders at Station X?” ┬áIt’s a question we get often here. Well, using October 2014 rail ridership data by origin and destination, it’s pretty easy to answer that question – click below for an interactive map.

OD Rail Viz preview

Click for a larger, interactive version of Metrorail ridership information by origin and destination station

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  1. MDworkingVA
    May 13th, 2015 at 16:12 | #1

    This is really cool data! Thanks!

    P.S. I’m really curious who all of the people are who are departing the same station at which they entered. There’s a small percentage of riders (but not quite statistically insignificant) that seem to be doing this.

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  2. MLD
    May 13th, 2015 at 17:21 | #2

    How is it possible that the most popular destination station from Anacostia is Anacostia? Something to do with the calculation of the bus transfer?

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  3. matt
    May 14th, 2015 at 12:14 | #3

    Some people may be “railfanning” and just ride for fun, thus getting on and off at the same station. Maybe others are homeless?

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  4. Justin
    May 14th, 2015 at 16:10 | #4

    @MLD
    Good question; your comment prompted me to dig a bit further. A very low number of same-station rides are found at nearly every station, for a variety of reasons, but Anacostia is jumping out because of high employee usage there. Nearly 80% of the Anacostia-to-Anacostia trips are employees who appear to be working in the system (not commuting). I am seeing a handful of full fare trips going between the two mezzanines – perhaps people walking through the station to the parking garage?

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