“It’s so boring”

Photo by Jan at 11:47am

Interesting statistic from WMATA:

“Metro Ridership: As of 11am, 193k trips taken so far today. (11am 1/20/13 = 317k, 11am 1/20/09 = 513k, 11am 1/20/05 = 197k) #wmata”

Update from Jan at 12pm: “There is no one here. Trump oath starting.”



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  • what is average weekday ridership?

  • Just for a bit of context, estimated attendance at recent inaugurations:
    2013: 1 million (Obama)
    2009: 1.8 million (Obama)
    2005: 400k (W.)
    2001: 300k (W.)
    1997: “hundreds of thousands” – NYT (Clinton)
    1993: 250-300k (Clinton)
    1989: “tens of thousands” -NYT (H.W.)
    1985: 140k (Reagan)
    1981: 10k (Reagan)

  • When I was on metro this AM, many of us were headed to the airport to get the heck out of dodge.

  • Who would want to stand in the mall, with no view of the stage and no speakers, just to say you were there. Let it go people……..

    • Oh so you attribute the super-low inaugural attendance to avoidance of personal discomfort? How do you explain the much, much greater cohort of counter inaugural attendees visible on the street Friday? For every red billed-cap I saw yesterday there were maybe 20 women and men bearing protest symbols and messages. Whoops. What happened there?

      I’ve stood on the mall, twice, in pretty bitter cold as I recall, for a leader I believed in, and I’d do it again. It’s not about ones own comfort.

      • And, yeah to all this. I didn’t go down to the Mall or anything, but I wore only my spring/fall raincoat and generic tennis shoes as I went about my day-to-day stuff. The weather was not bad, and if you were even “wishy-washy,” it was a pretty good day to go see what an inauguration was all about. My first was W’s first, and, hoo boy, was that a miserable day. Forget who we swore in, it was cold and raining cats and dogs. But I was there. And I’ve “been there” for every one since then, except this year. Hopefully I’ll be back to my inauguration-watching 4 years from now (as to my comment below, I didn’t end up as close as those who lined up super-early, just chatted with some of them as they passed by me on my way home…I walked ~20 blocks from Union Station to get a spot west of the Washington Monument!).

    • Apparently 1-1.5M people in 2009 and 2013. AND it was freezing f’ing cold in 2009! I chatted with people who lined up as early as 4 AM to get onto the Mall in 2009.

  • Obama’s second (public) inauguration was actually January 21, not 20, 2013 because the 20th was a Sunday…I assume WMATA is using the later date?

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