/ The DC Traveler
Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on April 6, 2010 at 10:05 am
Filed under: cherry blossoms, Events, featuredarticle, News

Massive Cherry Blossoms Crowds Set Metro Records

This past week, the Washington DC Metro rail system recorded the second and third highest ridership days in its 34-year rail history, surpassing all previous records for passengers carried, except for the on the day President Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009.

Metro on SaturdayRidership for the period during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival was boosted by several sporting events, and weekday commuters.

Metro’s Total Daily Ridership

  • Thursday – 877,890 – Metro’s 3rd highest rail ridership day
  • Friday – 891,240 – 2nd highest ridership day
  • Saturday – 713,148 – 3rd highest weekend ridership day
  • Sunday – 674,173 – 4th highest ridership weekend day

Metrorail traffic more than doubled typical weekend ridership, but didn’t come close to the 1.1 million riders on Inauguration Day last year.

Trains around the National Mall during the late morning and afternoon were crowded, and often packed to capacity, but Metro experienced no major delays or problems.

Cherry Blossoms Washington DC 2010 Crowds at the Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival 2010

While many of the famous cherry trees may be beginning to lose their colorful blooms, the next few days should still offer some great cherry blossom viewing and photo opportunities.  Plus, there are still many Cherry Blossom events and activities to enjoy.

As one Metro rider I  spoke with mentioned, referring to the crowded trains, “This is worse than Friday at rush hour.”  and a moment later added “But really worth it.”

Images – from personal collection – ©2010, Jon Rochetti

Tags: cherry blossoms, Events, featuredarticle, News

1 Comment


Permalink |


Recent Articles in this category

Their Baaaack! DC’s Cherry Blossoms

Their Baaaack! DC’s Cherry Blossoms
An early evening trip to the National Mall in Washington DC yesterday yielded me a few images of the famous cherry trees, which are now in full bloom. This weekend, with temperatures in the District forecasted to reach highs of 80° and lots of sun expected, the National Mal will be mobbed with people...
April 2nd, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 3
Filed under: cherry blossoms, Events, featuredarticle, festivals

In the Good Old Days of Hang Gliding

In the Good Old Days of Hang Gliding
Bill Liscomb, a hang gliding pioneer with 23 years of experience and film maker will be showing his documentary, Big Blue Sky, at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. He’ll also share his insight and stories surrounding the birth and growth of hang gliding along the ...
April 1st, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Events, featuredarticle, museum, Smithsonian

A Soulful Evening with Michael McDonald

A Soulful Evening with Michael McDonald
If you need a great distraction from paying taxes, on April 15th, Michael McDonald will be playing at The Birchmere in nearby Alexandria, Virginia. McDonalds deep and distinctive soulful voice led him to sing with superstar rock bands Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers when both bands were at the pinnacle...
March 30th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: music, Virginia

10 Springtime Things to Do in DC

10 Springtime Things to Do in DC
Washington DC in the springtime is probably the best season to visit the Nation’s Capital.   Crowds are lighter than during the summer, temperatures are (usually) warm but not yet steamy, and the cherry blossoms are spectacular. And if you are lucky enough to visit Washington DC during the annaul...
March 29th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: Attractions, featuredarticle, museums

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Swings into DC

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Swings into DC
Called America’s favorite little big band, the high-voltage swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy helped launch the 1940s swing music revival that exploded in the 1990s. And Saturday, the 7-man hep-cat band will be playing a live concert in McLean Virginia, just outside of Washington DC, celebrating the...
March 25th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Events, music, Virginia

Go Fly a Kite at the Washington Monument

Go Fly a Kite at the Washington Monument
Kites Take to the Air in Washington, DC The weather on Saturday for the Smithsonian Kite Festival is expected to be sunny with highs near 60 degrees. The annual Washington DC kite classic draws all kinds of kites, kite builders and kite flyers to the grounds of the Washington Monument. The festival...
March 24th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: best of week, Events, feativals, featuredarticle, kites, Smithsonian

Is it Art or Just a Huge Fabric Fence?

Is it Art or Just a Huge Fabric Fence?
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence, the newest exhibit opening April 2nd at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC is a collection of artifacts, artwork and documentation of the historic art project “Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76. The...
March 20th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Art, featuredarticle, museums, Smithsonian

Enjoy Over 50 Events at DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival

Enjoy Over 50 Events at DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival
The 2010 National Cherry Blossom Festival will be held in Washington DC starting Saturday, March 27th and run until April 11th.  And it’s packed full of great events for the entire family. The National Parks Service predicts the cherry tree peak blooming to coincide with the festival dates, with...
March 18th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: cherry blossom festival, Events, featuredarticle, spring

Human Origins Exhibit at Museum of Natural History

Human Origins Exhibit at Museum of Natural History
Today, the new David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins opened at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.  The $20 million permanent exhibit hall is dedicated to telling the story of how humans evolved during the past six million years . Starting with primates, mainly...
March 17th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Attractions, featuredarticle, museums, Smithsonian

Get a Luxurious Break at Camp Cherry Blossom

Get a Luxurious Break at Camp Cherry Blossom
The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Washington DC hotel, one of the most exclusive hotels in the Washington DC area, is offering parents a relaxing and rejuvenating break during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Camp Cherry Blossom, a unique program gives busy parents an 80-minute spa treatment to pamper...
March 15th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: cherry blossom festival, featuredarticle, hotels, spa

Washington Nationals Home Opener April 5th

Washington Nationals Home Opener April 5th
A three-game home stand versus the Philadelphia Phillies kicks off the Washington Nationals 2010 MLB baseball season in Washington DC on Monday, April 5th, 2010. And while tickets for the Nats opening day may be tough to find, tickets for the next two home games on Wednesday and Thursday are still available. Last...
March 12th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: baseball, family fun, featuredarticle, sports

The Greatest Show on Earth is in DC

The Greatest Show on Earth is in DC
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was first called the “Greatest Show on Earth” after the two circuses merged in 1907.   And today,  Zing Zang Zoom, the latest show from RBB&BC, is a magical version of the “Greatest Show on Earth” led by Zingmaster Alex. ...
March 10th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: circus, Events, Family Friendly

2 Big St. Patrick’s Day Parades in DC

2 Big St. Patrick’s Day Parades in DC
Take in two big annual St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Washington DC and Alexandria, Virginia over the St. Pat’s Day weekend. Alexandria, Virginia Saint Patrick’s Day Parade It’s a full day of fun with not just a big St’ Patty’s Day parade, but also a classic car show featuring 50 antique...
March 8th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Events, featuredarticle, parades, St. Patrick's Day

DC Cherry Trees to Peak Early April

DC Cherry Trees to Peak Early April
With over 56 inches of snow snow this season, the winter in Washingotn DC was one for the record books.  But even with all the snow and freezing temps, the National Parks Service estimates that the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin and National Mall will be in bloom during the first 11 days of April. ...
March 7th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: cherry blossom festival, featuredarticle, News

New AeroTrain Makes Dulles Travel Delightful

New AeroTrain Makes Dulles Travel Delightful
After years of requiring Washington Dulles International Airport travelers to ride on strange looking 1960s-era “mobile lounges” to get to virtually all of the airport’s gates, AeroTrain, the new underground airport people-moving train system, opened in late January simplifying passenger transit. The...
March 5th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: airports, featuredarticle, News

Top Ten Tips for DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival

Top Ten Tips for DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival
The most anticipated event during Washington DC’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival is the blooming of the Cherry Trees around the Tidal Basin and the National Mall. Over the past two decades, peak blooming periods have ranged from as early as March 17th in 2000 to as late as April 11th in 1992.  Although...
March 1st, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: cherry blossom festival, Events, top ten, top-feature, Visitor tips

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Shamrock Fest

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Shamrock Fest
In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, green beer drinking partiers will be taking over the festival grounds at Washington DC’s RFK Stadium for the annual Shamrock Fest 2010. Shamrock Fest is the largest Saint Patrick’s Day festival in the Mid-Atlantic Region, and this year it features 40+ live bands...
February 26th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Events, featuredarticle, festivals, St. Patrick Day

Cherry Inspired Food at the Pink Tie Party

Cherry Inspired Food at the Pink Tie Party
Grab your tux, complete with a pink tie or your favorite pink cocktail dress, for one of Washington DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival’s major events, the annual Pink Tie Party gala at the W Hotel downtown. This year, the party is hosted by celebrated chef and restaurateur Charlie Palmer, who will...
February 24th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: cherry blossoms, Events, featuredarticle, parties

Capital Home & Garden Show

Capital Home & Garden Show
With over 500 exhibit, the Capital Home & Garden Show is a do-it-yourselfer’s dream show.  Hundreds of vendors, suppliers and contractors, from all aspects of the home building and home-improvement industry, will be on hand to showcase their products, capabilities and assist in completing your...
February 21st, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Events, gardening, home improvement