Jan 262017

Women’s March Drew Three Times As Many As Trump’s Inauguration, Second-Highest Metro Ridership Ever


New York Magazine reports:

Millions of people across the world marched on Saturday to show their support for women’s rights in response to the U.S. presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. Estimates from two university professors collected from local news outlets puts the number of U.S. marchers somewhere between three and four million, though estimating crowd size is notoriously inexact. Still, it’s safe to say the amount of marchers who showed up across the globe was significant; according to crowd scientists who spoke with the New York Times, the D.C. march alone drew approximately three times the amount of people as Trump’s inauguration did.

More from the Washington Post:

Friday’s Metro ridership was the lowest in at least two presidential Inaugurations, and also was lower than that of an average weekday, the agency said Saturday. Metro said 570,557 people took trips in the system between its early 4 a .m. Friday opening through midnight closing.

The figures are significantly lower than t

Those from the 2009 and 2013 Inaugurations of President Barack Obama; 1.1 million trips in 2009 and 782,000 in 2013, according to Metro. The numbers were also significantly lower than Saturday, when thousands of people overwhelmed the rail system to get to the Women’s March on Washington.

By 11 a.m. Saturday, 275,000 people had taken Metro, about 82,000 more than at the same time Friday. By mid-afternoon Saturday, ridership was approaching the half-million mark, officials said. By 11 a.m. the day Obama was sworn in for his first term in 2009, about 513,000 Metro trips had been taken — and the day’s ridership totaled about 1.1 million, making it the transit system’s busiest day ever.

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