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More Covid-19 information: Metrorail & Metrobus service | Public Information | Steps we've taken


Covid-19 Public Information

Metro continues to actively respond to the Covid-19 public health emergency, taking all appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of our frontline colleagues, our customers, and the community at large. Beginning with the first reported Covid-19 case involving a Metro employee on March 16, Metro has worked to be as transparent as possible, providing specific details on each case as permitted by health privacy law and our own obligations to employee confidentiality. 

Following the 100th reported Covid-19 case, Metro has streamlined its public reporting to a provide a continually updated snapshot of case numbers. Metro's commitment to fully and appropriately responding to each case -- including sanitizing and disinfecting workspaces, contact tracing and quarantine -- has not changed. 

View details of the first 100 Metro employee cases

 Confirmed Cases   Returned to work   Hospitalized 
 274  221  2

Covid-19 case data was last updated Wednesday, August 5, 2020

  • Metro only reports confirmed cases involving our employees. Contractors and members of the general public are not included in Metro's public reporting of COVID-19 cases. 
  • For Metro's reporting purposes, a case is considered "confirmed" upon receipt of documentation from public health authorities or an employee's medical provider.

Ridership Monitoring

The table shows estimated rail and bus ridership by day during the Covid-19 pandemic. On June 17, 2020, Metro restated bus ridership figures on this table that are more accurate. See the explanation below for details. Please note that all figures presented on this page are considered unofficial and may be restated as necessary. This data is intended for assessing general trends and/or changes in ridership levels over time.

How Metro estimates bus ridership: Prior to Covid-19, Metro calculated bus ridership using farebox data, i.e. the "cash register" located at the front of each bus. Each passenger who tapped a SmarTrip card or paid with cash would counted, along with input from bus operators logging fare evasion.. Starting in April, Metro has required "rear-door boarding" and waived bus fares as part of a comprehensive effort to protect our frontline workforce from exposure to Covid-19. on Metrobus. Since then, Metro has had to transition to a new method of estimating bus ridership based on data from Automatic Passenger Counter systems (APC), which use infrared sensors mounted near the bus doors that count each passenger as they enter the bus. This method has an inherent "noise factor" that must be calculated and subtracted from the raw figures in order to provide the most reliable estimate of bus ridership each day. Raw, unprocessed data is called "unadjusted" figures, and were initially stated to allow the public to gauge Metro's progress in limiting transit utilization in the interest of public health.

Figures shown below are based on adjusted APC ridership counts for accuracy and to allow for relative comparisons between dates. (For transparency, all previously stated unadjusted ridership figures are available on a separate page. However, we do not recommend using unadjusted figures now that more accurate data is available.)

 

  2020 Ridership Change vs. 2019
Date Rail Adjusted Bus Rail Bus
8/6/20 Th 63,000 130,000 -90% -67%
8/5/20 We 68,000 147,000 -89% -61%
8/4/20 Tu 53,000 122,000 -92% -69%
8/3/20 Mo 62,000 137,000 -90% -65%
8/2/20 Su 26,000 55,000 -86% -67%
8/1/20 Sa 35,000 75,000 -86% -65%
7/31/20 Fr 61,000 147,000 -91% -62%
7/30/20 Th 63,000 129,000 -90% -68%
7/29/20 We 63,000 139,000 -90% -64%
7/28/20 Tu 63,000 133,000 -91% -67%
7/27/20 Mo 61,000 133,000 -90% -66%
7/26/20 Su 26,000 55,000 -87% -66%
7/25/20 Sa 34,000 65,000 -88% -70%
7/24/20 Fr 59,000 134,000 -91% -65%
7/23/20 Th 62,000 136,000 -91% -66%
7/22/20 We 59,000 130,000 -92% -68%
7/21/20 Tu 60,000 127,000 -91% -68%
7/20/20 Mo 58,000 121,000 -91% -69%
7/19/20 Su 23,000 49,000 -87% -67%
7/18/20 Sa 31,000 65,000 -89% -67%
7/17/20 Fr 60,000 136,000 -91% -64%
7/16/20 Th 60,000 130,000 -91% -68%
7/15/20 We 60,000 141,000 -91% -64%
7/14/20 Tu 60,000 133,000 -91% -68%
7/13/20 Mo 58,000 130,000 -91% -68%
7/12/20 Su 24,000 50,000 -87% -69%
7/11/20 Sa 31,000 63,000 -88% -70%
7/10/20 Fr 59,000 143,000 -91% -64%
7/9/20 Th 59,000 125,000 -91% -67%
7/8/20 We 59,000 139,000 -92% -67%
7/7/20 Tu 57,000 128,000 -92% -70%
7/6/20 Mo 57,000 127,000 -90% -64%
7/5/20 Su 25,000 45,000 -86% -71%
7/4/20 Sa 37,000 52,000 -90% -68%
7/3/20 Fr 41,000 58,000 -90% -64%
7/2/20 Th 63,000 126,000 -90% -69%
7/1/20 We 62,000 137,000 -90% -66%
6/30/20 Tu 60,000 122,000 -91% -70%
6/29/20 Mo 58,000 131,000 -91% -68%
6/28/20 Su 24,000 47,000 -87% -72%
6/27/20 Sa 31,000 51,000 -88% -77%
6/26/20 Fr 57,000 101,000 -91% -75%
6/25/20 Th 55,000 99,000 -92% -76%
6/24/20 We 56,000 100,000 -92% -77%
6/23/20 Tu 53,000 98,000 -92% -77%
6/22/20 Mo 53,000 98,000 -92% -76%
6/21/20 Su 22,000 39,000 -90% -77%
6/20/20 Sa 24,000 42,000 -92% -81%
6/19/20 Fr 53,000 93,000 -92% -77%
6/18/20 Th 48,000 95,000 -93% -77%
6/17/20 We 47,000 90,000 -93% -78%
6/16/20 Tu 50,000 91,000 -93% -78%
6/15/20 Mo 50,000 94,000 -92% -76%
6/14/20 Su 23,000 34,000 -87% -80%
6/13/20 Sa 31,000 47,000 -79% -79%
6/12/20 Fr 52,000 97,000 -92% -77%
6/11/20 Th 47,000 86,000 -93% -79%
6/10/20 We 49,000 90,000 -92% -79%
6/9/20 Tu 49,000 91,000 -92% -80%
6/8/20 Mo 50,000 87,000 -92% -79%
6/07/20 Su 27,00040,000 -86%-74%
6/06/20 Sa 61,00043,000 -82% -82%
6/05/20 Fr 47,000103,000 -93% -76%
6/04/20 Th 47,000100,000 -93% -77%
6/03/20 We 48,000 103,000 -93% -77%
6/02/20 Tu 45,00091,000 -93% -80%
6/01/20 Mo 43,000 100,000 -93% -78%
5/31/20 Su20,000 37,000*-77%
5/30/20 Sa24,000 48,000 * -79%
5/29/20 Fr41,000103,000 *-76%
5/28/20 Th