Metro lost $5.5 million during October's government shutdown

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(WJLA) - Ridership on Metro buses and trains was noticeably sparse during October's government shutdown, and WMATA officials say that the drop left their coffers lighter as well.

WMATA officials said in a report released Thursday that the agency lost $5.5 million in passenger fare and parking fees during the 16-day federal shutdown.

Preliminary estimates indicate that WMATA missed out on 1.7 million rider trips during the shutdown, which spanned from Oct. 1 to 16 and kept federal workers out of their offices throughout the D.C. Area.

The estimates were a part of Metro's first quarter budget results for 2014. Ridership actually went up 1.8 percent year-to-date during the first quarter, Metro says.