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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
 3686  3455  0 7

Updated information as of Wednesday, January 19, 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.

In remembrance of the friends and colleagues we lost in the Metro family

In August 2020, the Metro family lost a friend and colleague. It was the first Covid-related death, and since then we have mourned the loss of six other employees in the Metro family. Each loss is devastating and our condolences go out to our fallen colleagues' family and friends. We ask that you keep them in your thoughts along with the hundreds of thousands of others across the country that have lost their lives during this pandemic. 

Consistent with our values and professional standards, we do not publicly release or confirm the victims' names, and we ask that members of the media be appropriately sensitive, as there is a grieving family behind each of these tragic losses.


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.

  2022 Ridership Change vs. 2021
Date Rail Adjusted Bus Rail Bus
1/22/22 Sa 108,000 - 140% -%
1/21/22 Fr 164,000 138,000 102% -11%
1/20/22 Th 127,000 134,000 87% -9%
1/19/22 We 140,000 168,000 270% 78%
1/18/22 Tu 134,000 161,000 141% 16%
1/17/22 Mo 68,00087,000 67% -13%
1/16/22 Su 63,000 61,000 119% -17%
1/15/22 Sa 87,000 107,000 127% 10%
1/14/22 Fr 130,000 163,000 73% 12%
1/13/22 Th 127,000 160,000 46% 6%
1/12/22 We 128,000 158,000 50% 3%
1/11/22 Tu 122,000 145,000 55% -4%
1/10/22 Mo 126,000144,000 70% -5%
1/9/22 Su 49,000 75,000 57% -6%
1/8/22 Sa 76,000 115,000 84% 11%
1/7/22 Fr 83,000 117,000 12% -22%
1/6/22 Th 117,000 193,000 70% 36%
1/5/22 We 113,000 146,000 -14% 8%
1/4/22 Tu 96,000 73,000 11% -51%
1/3/22 Mo 66,00022,000 -12% -86%
1/2/22 Su 66,000 105,000 148% 51%
1/1/22 Sa 52,000 92,000 21% -7%
12/31/21 Fr 81,000 136,000 262% 77%
12/30/21 Th 115,000 179,000 92% 6%
12/29/21 We 122,000 179,000 75% 2%
12/28/21 Tu 117,000 182,000 74% 5%
12/27/21 Mo 102,000168,000 54% -5%
12/26/21 Su 66,000 104,000 126% 16%

Ridership Monitoring Archives

Archives: 2021, 2020