D.C. Metro Ridership On Day Of Beck Rally Up 200,000 From Comparable Saturday Figures
I noted in a comment to Steven Taylor’s post about the politics of crowd estimates that the ridership numbers from the Washington, D.C.’s Metro system would give us at least some idea of how many people may have been in attendance at Saturday’s Glenn Beck rally at the Lincoln Memorial.
Those figures were released today:
Metrorail logged more than a half million trips on Saturday as rallies drew crowds to the National Mall.
Metro announced Monday that it tallied 510,000 trips on Saturday. The figure is significantly higher than usual Saturday ridership numbers. Metro saw 303,997 trips on the same Saturday in 2009 and 301,604 trips a week earlier, officials said.
TV and radio talk show host Glenn Beck organized the conservative “Restoring Honor” rally on Saturday on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Saturday was the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the memorial
By all accounts, the Sharpton rally was very sparsely attended, and attendance at the Nationals game was reported at 30,688 for an evening game.
While it’s not necessarily an accurate representation of the number of people who attended, since people use the Metro system on weekends for other weekends, an increased of nearly 200,000 riders on a weekend is fairly significant and indicates that the rally itself was pretty well attended.