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51,000 People Rode the Silver Line This Weekend

Passengers on the inaugural Silver Line train Saturday.

Passengers on the inaugural Silver Line train Saturday.

Metro notched approximately 51,000 trips to or from one of its five new Silver Line stations this weekend, the Washington Area Transit Authority announced today. As of 10 a.m. today, 9,715 people had entered or exited one of the five new stations this morning, the line's first rush-hour day.

Here are this morning's ridership numbers for the five new stations:

  • Greensboro: 185 entries and 332 exits
  • McLean: 568 entries and 442 exits
  • Spring Hill: 559 entries and 432 exits
  • Tysons: 507 entries and 900 exits
  • Wiehle-Reston East: 4,727 entries and 1,063 exits

This made Wiehle-Reston East—the last stop in Virginia on the Silver Line–the 12th busiest station this morning out of Metro's 91 stations. But that doesn't mean today's nearly 10,000 Silver Line riders are new to the system. Many of them could have used other Metro stations, like East Falls Church or West Falls Church, for their morning commutes. It's worth noting that of the five new stations, only Wiehle has a parking lot.

Metro projects that about 25,000 daily riders will use the five new stations after the first year of service.

Photo by Perry Stein

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  • Chad

    Does this mean that after one year if they do not have 25000 daily riders that this line is a drag on the system?

    Where can one find ridership data like that?