- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rail ridership numbers show many people in the Washington area heeded officials’ warnings and stayed home Friday before the storm hit the region.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said Saturday that people took 321,557 rides on the rail system on Friday before the system shut down for the weekend at 11 p.m.

That total was less than half what the system would see on a typical Friday. The federal government was open Friday but closed at noon. Metro announced Thursday that buses and trains would not run on Saturday and Sunday, and the rail tunnels would be used to shelter trains.

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