WASHINGTON - APRIL 28: Passengers board a Metro train at the Gallery Place - Chinatown Metro Station. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Officials with Metro and Virginia Railway Express say ridership on subway and commuter trains appears to be back to normal now that the federal government is open.
Metrorail experienced about a 20 percent drop in ridership during the shutdown, costing the transit agency a few hundred thousand dollars a day. Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says the agency lost millions of dollars, although a final figure isn't available.
Stessel says ridership through 11 a.m. Thursday was up 19 percent from the same time Thursday of last week, suggesting that ridership was on target to return to pre-shutdown levels.
VRE doesn't have ridership totals yet for Thursday, but a spokesman says trains were much busier. About 65 percent of VRE riders are federal workers, and ridership had been down nearly 30 percent.