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Covid-19 Public Information

Metro continues to actively respond to the Covid-19 public health emergency, taking all appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of our frontline colleagues, our customers, and the community at large. Beginning with the first reported Covid-19 case involving a Metro employee in March 2020, Metro has worked to be as transparent as possible, providing specific details on each case as permitted by health privacy law and our own obligations to employee confidentiality. 

Following the 100th reported Covid-19 case, Metro has streamlined its public reporting to a provide a continually updated snapshot of case numbers. Metro's commitment to fully and appropriately responding to each case -- including sanitizing and disinfecting workspaces, contact tracing and quarantine -- has not changed. 

View details of the first 100 Metro employee cases

 Confirmed Cases   Returned to Work   Hospitalized   Lives Lost
 1354  1279  2 5

Information as of April 14, 2021

  • Metro only reports confirmed cases involving our employees. Contractors and members of the general public are not included in Metro's public reporting of Covid-19 cases. 
  • For Metro's reporting purposes, a case is considered "confirmed" upon receipt of documentation from public health authorities or an employee's medical provider.

We lost a friend and colleague

Issued: Friday, August 21, 2020

Overnight, we learned that we lost a friend and colleague. This is the first known Covid-related death in the Metro family, an employee who worked as a manager in the Rail Operations Control Center prior to becoming ill several weeks ago. Consistent with our values and professional standards, we will not publicly release or confirm the victim's name, and we would ask that members of the media be appropriately sensitive, as there is a grieving family behind this tragic loss. 

Grief support counselors are available today and in the days ahead for any employee who may need support. We extend our deepest condolences to our fallen colleague's family and friends, and ask that you keep them in your thoughts.


Ridership Monitoring

The table shows estimated rail and bus ridership by day during the Covid-19 pandemic. On June 17, 2020, Metro restated bus ridership figures on this table that are more accurate. See the explanation below for details. Please note that all figures presented on this page are considered unofficial and may be restated as necessary. This data is intended for assessing general trends and/or changes in ridership levels over time.

How Metro estimates bus ridership: Prior to Covid-19, Metro calculated bus ridership using farebox data, i.e. the "cash register" located at the front of each bus. Each passenger who tapped a SmarTrip card or paid with cash would counted, along with input from bus operators logging fare evasion.. Starting in April, Metro has required "rear-door boarding" and waived bus fares as part of a comprehensive effort to protect our frontline workforce from exposure to Covid-19. on Metrobus. Since then, Metro has had to transition to a new method of estimating bus ridership based on data from Automatic Passenger Counter systems (APC), which use infrared sensors mounted near the bus doors that count each passenger as they enter the bus. This method has an inherent "noise factor" that must be calculated and subtracted from the raw figures in order to provide the most reliable estimate of bus ridership each day. Raw, unprocessed data is called "unadjusted" figures, and were initially stated to allow the public to gauge Metro's progress in limiting transit utilization in the interest of public health.

Figures shown below are based on adjusted APC ridership counts for accuracy and to allow for relative comparisons between dates. (For transparency, all previously stated unadjusted ridership figures are available on a separate page. However, we do not recommend using unadjusted figures now that more accurate data is available.)

The 2021 table below will be updated once weekly to streamline the data reporting process as the pandemic recovery continues. To view 2020 ridership data, please visit the Ridership Monitoring Archive. Detailed historical data on rail, bus, and parking ridership from Metro's fare system, updated monthly, is also available via Metro's Ridership Portal.

  2021 Ridership Change vs. 2020
Date Rail Adjusted Bus Rail Bus
4/10/21 Sa 77,000 131,000 368% 241%
4/9/21 Fr 104,000 178,000 200% 132%
4/8/21 Th 107,000 192,000 202% 148%
4/7/21 We 109,000 197,000 199% 145%
4/6/21 Tu 106,000 188,000 193% 143%
4/5/21 Mo 103,000187,000 175% 117%
4/4/21 Su 64,000 97,000 351% 197%
4/3/21 Sa 89,000 131,000 398% 215%
4/2/21 Fr 107,000 178,000 163% 93%
4/1/21 Th 101,000 180,000 140% 124%
3/31/21 We 91,000 165,000 119% 99%
3/30/21 Tu 109,000 189,000 137% 140%
3/29/21 Mo 97,000179,000 493% 104%
3/28/21 Su 39,000 82,000 141% 174%
3/27/21 Sa 80,000 129,000 316% 239%
3/26/21 Fr 105,000 187,000 114% 101%
3/25/21 Th 96,000 173,000 92% 100%
3/24/21 We 86,000 152,000 62% 89%
3/23/21 Tu 93,000 173,000 54% 100%
3/22/21 Mo 89,000173,000 46% 113%
3/21/21 Su 48,000 95,000 110% 198%
3/20/21 Sa 64,000 125,000 108% 101%
3/19/21 Fr 95,000 176,000 12% 56%
3/18/21 Th 86,000 152,000 -10% 34%
3/17/21 We 96,000 175,000 -13% 60%
3/16/21 Tu 88,000 161,000 -37% 3%
3/15/21 Mo 86,000167,000 -56% -8%
3/14/21 Su 43,000 89,000 -33% -30%
3/13/21 Sa 61,000 120,000 -41% -28%
3/12/21 Fr 95,000 180,000 -74% -47%
3/11/21 Th 95,000 174,000 -81% -53%
3/10/21 We 94,000 174,000 -84% -56%
3/9/21 Tu 90,000172,000 -85% -57%
3/8/21 Mo 83,000 155,000 -86% -62%
3/7/21 Su 38,000 85,000 -78% -46%
3/6/21 Sa 56,000 110,000 -75% -46%
3/5/21 Fr 88,000 168,000 -85% -57%
3/4/21 Th 87,000 166,000 -87% -61%
3/3/21 We 91,000 177,000 -87% -59%
3/2/21 Tu 86,000154,000 -87% -63%
3/1/21 Mo 79,000 160,000 -87% -64%
2/28/21 Su 29,000 71,000 -82% -55%
2/27/21 Sa 50,000 108,000 -77% -45%
2/26/21 Fr 89,000 162,000 -85% -60%
2/25/21 Th 87,000 165,000 -87% -59%
2/24/21 We 90,000 169,000 -86% -60%
2/23/21 Tu 85,000154,000 -87% -63%
2/22/21 Mo 73,000 123,000 -88% -71%
2/21/21 Su 34,000 75,000 -80% -52%
2/20/21 Sa 47,000 94,000 -80% -55%
2/19/21 Fr 75,000 108,000 -87% -70%
2/18/21 Th 44,000 52,000 -93% -87%
2/17/21 We 84,000 130,000 -87% -72%
2/16/21 Tu 81,000122,000 -65% -69%
2/15/21 Mo 51,000 105,000 -78% -45%
2/14/21 Su 37,000 66,000 -79% -58%
2/13/21 Sa 43,000 73,000 -81% -62%
2/12/21 Fr 83,000 166,000 -86% -57%
2/11/21 Th 75,000 140,000 -89% -64%
2/10/21 We 84,000 162,000 -87% -62%
2/9/21 Tu 83,000161,000 -88% -61%
2/8/21 Mo 77,000 149,000 -88% -62%
2/7/21 Su 28,000 42,000 -82% -73%
2/6/21 Sa 51,000 112,000 -78% -45%
2/5/21 Fr 86,000 171,000 -86% -55%
2/4/21 Th 84,000 153,000 -87% -61%
2/3/21 We 81,000 157,000 -88% -62%
2/2/21 Tu 66,000 102,000 -90% -76%
2/1/21 Mo 55,000 94,000 -91% -78%
1/31/21 Su 27,000 43,000 -83% -73%
1/30/21 Sa 47,000 102,000 -79% -51%
1/29/21 Fr 80,000 141,000 -87% -66%
1/28/21 Th 78,000 138,000 -88% -67%
1/27/21 We 80,000 158,000 -88% -63%
1/26/21 Tu 74,000139,000 -89% -65%
1/25/21 Mo 75,000 146,000 -88% -63%
1/24/21 Su 32,000 77,000 -82% -48%
1/23/21 Sa 45,000 103,000 -82% -47%
1/22/21 Fr 81,000 156,000 -88% -61%
1/21/21 Th 68,000 150,000 -90% -64%
1/20/21 We 38,000 98,000 -93% -59%
1/19/21 Tu 56,000134,000 -91% -67%
1/18/21 Mo 41,000 101,000 -84% -46%
1/17/21 Su 29,000 75,000 -82% -49%
1/16/21 Sa 38,000 100,000 -81% -38%
1/15/21 Fr 75,000 146,000 -87% -60%
1/14/21 Th 87,000 150,000 -87% -63%
1/13/21 We 86,000 TBD -87% TBD
1/12/21 Tu 79,000TBD -88% TBD
1/11/21 Mo 74,000 142,000 -89% -66%
1/10/21 Su 31,000 82,000 -81% -49%
1/9/21 Sa 41,000 108,000 -82% -49%
1/8/21 Fr 74,000 146,000 -89% -64%
1/7/21 Th 69,000 141,000 -89% -64%
1/6/21 We132,000131,000-79%-67%
1/5/21 Tu86,000152,000-87%-59%
1/4/21 Mo75,000162,000-88%-60%
1/3/21 Su 26,000 75,000 -82% -49%
1/2/21 Sa 43,000 106,000 -77% -45%
1/1/21 Fr 22,000 83,000 -83% -35%