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Newsflash: Metro is Crowded During Rush Hours (So Do Something About It in 2011!)
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Newsflash: Metro is Crowded During Rush Hours (So Do Something About It in 2011!)

DC area residents love to complain about how crowded the Metro is during their daily work commutes. It seems as though complaining about Metro is the glue that holds us together and gives us a sense of solidarity. And, in fact, a shocking two-thirds or more of daily ridership occurs during rush hour.

The blog of Metro’s Office of Long Range Planning, PlanItMetro, recently published some fun statistics from a 2009 study (bear with us, we’re going somewhere with this). Their graph illustrates volume between 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and shows that the Red and Orange/Blue lines have the highest passenger ridership during the morning rush. The most heavily traveled segments are Woodley Park to Farragut North (eastbound Red Line), Gallery Place to Metro Center (westbound Orange/Blue Lines) and Rosslyn to Farragut West (eastbound Orange/Blue lines). There’s more where that came from –check out the full article if you want to know the numbers for your route.

 Armed with this data, perhaps 2011 is a good time to introduce Alternative Work Schedules at your workplace. Be sure to impress upon your boss how your lowered stress level will increase your productivity and make you less angry and unpleasant to work with! As a bonus, you’ll save money by not paying rush hour metro fees.  If you want to find out how you can start a policy at your work place, read our earlier blog about the various types of alternative work schedules and contact goDCgo’s Employer Services today!

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