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Here's a way to look at the data that illustrates the idea that while the closely spaced stations may individually have fewer trips than the big park & ride hubs at the outside, they serve a lot of people as well:

I matched up each station with the zones in the theoretical zone map posted on GGW here: http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/9261/should-metro-switch-to-zones-no/

When you look at the AM Peak time, about half the trips originate in Zones 1&2, and half in 3-4-5.

In the PM Peak, about 57% of trips END in zones 1&2, and 43% in 3-4-5.

When you look at total station traffic (entries + exits) over the entire day, 44% of trips go through zone 1, 27% through zone 2, 11% zone 3, 11.5% zone 4, and 6% zone 5.

So while some outer stations may have lopsided trip numbers because they funnel lots of people, inner stations have a lot of traffic that is spread out more evenly.

by MLD on Nov 27, 2012 11:58 am • linkreport

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