Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Over at Pajamas Media where Inventing of New Ways of Counting Is Our Aim some folks thought to look at Metrorail's numbers for September 12th. Credit to Dave for this:

Metrorail’s Top 20 Weekday Ridership Days
Date Ridership Event
1 01-20-09 1,120,000 Obama Inauguration
2 01-19-09 866,681 Obama inaugural events
3 07-11-08 854,638 Baseball/Women of Faith Conference
4 06-09-04 850,636 Reagan State Funeral
5 06-25-08 846,388 Smithsonian Folklife Festival/Baseball
6 07-10-08 844,530 Baseball
7 07-08-08 835,072 Baseball/Basketball
8 07-02-08 834,956 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
9 04-03-07 831,508 Cherry Blossoms/Baseball
10 06-24-08 831,464 Baseball/Basketball
11 06-20-08 829,998 Baseball/Basketball
12 04-24-08 828,973 Baseball/Basketball
13 04-17-08 828,418 Pope Visit/Soccer
14 04-11-08 828,132 Baseball/Cherry Blossoms
15 06-27-08 825,862 Smithsonian Folklife Festival/Baseball
16 06-18-08 823,516 No Event
17 07-01-08 822,931 No Event
18 04-10-06 821,283 Immigrant Rights Rally
19 06-19-08 819,979 No Event
20 06-26-08 819,722 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

And then there's this:

September 12, 2009
Metrorail: 437,624


Metrorail’s Top 5 Saturday Ridership Days
Date Ridership Event
1 06-08-91 786,358 Desert Storm
2 10-04-97 725,909 Promise Keepers
3 04-04-09 713,148 Cherry Blossoms/baseball/basketball/soccer
4 01-20-01 601,839 G.W. Bush Inauguration
5 07-04-98 585,354 Fourth of July celebration

Metrorail’s Top 5 Sunday Ridership Days
Date Ridership Event
1 01-18-09 616,324 Obama Inauguration activities
2 07-04-99 540,945 Fourth of July celebration
3 07-04-93 505,157 Fourth of July celebration
4 04-05-09 469,751 Cherry Blossoms/hockey
5 01-17-93 440,138 Reunion America*

Perhaps there was a cat show or a monster-truck rally that day as well.

*Not even Bill Clinton's real inauguration, but a BILL CLINTON PARTY.


zombie rotten mcdonald said...

well, why would you be surprised?

You expect job-working, good Heartland-Americans to ride PUBLIC TRANSIT?

the fact that NO EVENT days out-drew riders by 2 to 1 merely proves there were 7 billion people there.

Geez, it's like you don't understand evidence.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Poor jim m.

He's very upset that I don't take the proof! he linked seriously.

J— said...

or a monster-truck rally

At least the Bigfoot fans have a clear idea of why they're there and can articulate it succinctly.

Another Kiwi said...

WELL!!! So the tea baggers are less popular than No event (who I've never heard of btw?!?!?
So just shutup.

herr doktor bimler said...

No event
Japanese theatre really brings out the crowds.

tigris said...

Thunder, you are a HARDCORE masochist. Jesus, I was almost sympathy cutting after reading the responses to you.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Thunder, you are a HARDCORE masochist.

I see it as giving them enough rope, tigris.

When the one wingnut starts going off about who brought Dan Tana into the discussion = paydirt.

ckc (not kc) said...

...giving them enough rope...

thy could drown in their own spittle, don't you know, so rope seems unnecessary. (if entertaining.)

herr doktor bimler said...

This... is... σπαρτον!
"Rope", y'see.
It was funnier the way Gene Wolfe told it.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I spent 3 years of H.S. learning ancient Greek, Herr S.C.

This all means you have typed something that looks vaguely familiar, and yet undecipherable.

Now had you mentioned Dawn and her dirty, rosy fingers...

ckc (not kc) said...


Google says "wicker"

Give them enough wicker? (In my opinion, that's a very small amount.)

tigris said...

Give them enough wicker and they will weave full body cases for themselves.

herr doktor bimler said...

So I missed out the accent over the α.
I still want to know more about Rosy.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Rosy likes dark wine, herr doktor.

Substance McGravitas said...

Dawn came on Rosy.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Just the kind of crack I'd expect from you, SmG.

ckc (not kc) said...

...the crack of dawn?? (I'm confused)

Substance McGravitas said...

Rewrite: Dawn came on Rosy, later it was Sunny.

jade said...


Wikipedia just can't handle the Truth. Or photos of swastikas.

mikey said...


Wasn't that Luke Skywalker's uncle?

tigris said...

Uncle Owen.

Should I be ashamed that I knew that? I can even hear in my head Luke's whiny voice when he says it.

Substance McGravitas said...

Should I be ashamed that I knew that?


I was in a bar in San Diego once waiting for a band to play and they had Star Wars on with the sound off while music playing. My friends and I knew every goddamned line.

herr doktor bimler said...

Sunny gets sloppy seconds again.

M. Bouffant said...

I was in a bar in San Diego once

Even more shameful than George Lucas awareness.

Not jedi, but weddi.

Substance McGravitas said...

The nuclear tits were calling.

mikey said...

I got beaten lumpy and colorful in a bar in Las Cruces New Mexico once in the seventies.

Coulda used a freakin jedi.

Or Cap'n America. Or just a good pair of tights.

Pissed blood for two weeks...

Lesley said...

Posted this over at SN, but this seems a perfect place for this.

A DC resident who works downtown commented on the craziness on 9/12. The last part of his comment reads:

…a colleague who happened to ride the metro into work that day…was in a car with all protesters and when the train stopped and the lights briefly went out (a not uncommon occurrence), people on the train actually started shouting that it was an Obama conspiracy. The President had stopped the train so that they could not make it to the Capitol to fight for “their” America. It was such a sad day for me, and a real low point for our country.

Well, the same morons have made a federal case out of it, literally.

Tea Party Protesters Protest D.C. Metro Service

Protesters who attended Saturday’s Tea Party rally in Washington found a new reason to be upset: Apparently they are unhappy with the level of service provided by the subway system.

Rep. Kevin Brady called for a government investigation into whether the government-run subway system adequately prepared for this weekend’s rally to protest government spending and government services.

Substance McGravitas said...

I was gonna repost that elsewhere after I saw it. Thanks.

Another Kiwi said...

This is a giant reality program, surely. You know, Crazy Sad Arse Island or something.