- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Independence Day holiday was predictably busy for Metro, officials said Tuesday.

Steven Taubenkibel, a spokesman for the transit agency, said ridership for Metrorail on Monday was 514,650 — a number the transportation system “anticipated.”

Mr. Taubenkibel said Metro saw a “good spike” in ridership before fireworks began on the Mall, but train service had been “ramped up” in the late afternoon and evening to meet the demand.

Metro suspended all track work Sunday and Monday “simply because of the amount of people coming,” Mr. Taubenkibel said, so the system could get riders in and out of the area “as smooth and quickly as possible.”

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