Metro Stations With Greatest Increase, Decrease in Ridership

by Mark Wellborn

DCUSA by otavio_dc

Greater Greater Washington has posted the Metro stations in the DC area that have shown the fastest passenger growth and decline rates, and the results give a glimpse of how development (or lack thereof) is affecting different neighborhoods.

The top three stations in each category are listed below with percentage change and average weekday ridership. Unfortunately, Greater Greater Washington was unable to determine from the information it received whether these are monthly or yearly increases.


  1. Columbia Heights, 25.8% (11,325)
  2. Eisenhower Avenue, 17.9% (2,292)
  3. New York Avenue/Florida Avenue/Gallaudet, 16.6% (4,024)


  1. Stadium-Armory, -11% (2,989)
  2. Farragut West, -3.7% (22,748)
  3. Landover, -3.3% (2,676)

With the popularity of the DCUSA complex and the sprouting up of residential developments, it should come as no surprise that the Columbia Heights stop on the Green and Yellow lines has one of the largest increases in ridership. The second ranking of the New York Avenue stop on the Red line is an indicator of the commercial development going on in that zip code, and that homebuyers are finding deals.

We’re not sure what factors were at play for the drop off in traffic at the Stadium-Armory stop. If you have your own ideas, let us know in the comments section.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/metro_stations_with_greatest_increase_decrease_in_ridership/876


  1. Tom A. said at 4:56 pm on Tuesday May 5, 2009:

    I’m assuming the Stadium and or the Armory had fewer events than in the previous data window.  There hasn’t been much, if any, residential change there.

  1. JohnDC said at 5:03 pm on Tuesday May 5, 2009:

    The New York Ave metro ridership has really changed recently. I remember being surprised when I saw people in suits but now with the ATF and new leases coming in it’s quite common.

    And with the Marriot opening last month you can throw tourism on top of that. It’s been interesting to see the progress.

  1. w said at 5:40 pm on Tuesday May 5, 2009:

    single year numbers make a strong case that Stadium/Armory declines resulted from Nats moving to new ballpark. Not that they drew a ton of fans, but enough to impact an otherwise residential area without much recently in the way of large scale development

  1. John Edelmann said at 11:27 am on Wednesday May 6, 2009:

    The Stadium Armory complex hosted The National’s fans which now use the Green line to SE Navy Yard Station. It would be a good explanation for the decrease. I am surprised that the Navy Yard station didn’t show a large increase in traffic from the Ball park and all the new offices and housing.

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