Ridership on rail and bus public-transit systems across Northern Virginia in the July-to-September period was down across the board from the same quarter in 2017, according to new data.
A total of 33.63 million trips were taken on public-transit systems in the region during the quarter, down 2 percent from 34.24 million trips a year before, according to data reported by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.
Ridership was down on every public-transportation system, with declines ranging from 1 percent (reported by Metrorail and Fairfax Connector) to 7 percent (Arlington Transit and Metrobus). Virginia Railway Express posted a 3-percent decline, while Alexandria’s DASH system reported a 2-percent dip.
The Metrorail system saw a significant drop in ridership in August due to maintenance, but posted a strong July to blunt the overall quarterly decline. Metrorail ridership in September was essentially flat.