Metro: Women’s March rides top 1 million, Trump inauguration less than average weekday

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WASHINGTON -- Inauguration and Women’s March on Washington attracted hundreds of thousands of out-of-towners to the District.  In fact, WMATA says, its numbers were record breaking.

According to WMATA, Women’s March was their second busiest day in history, with more than 1 million trips, only beat by President Barak Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

As for Friday’s inauguration, President Donald Trump’s administration fired back after video circulated locally and nationally, showing a lot of empty space in the audience.

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration period in person and around the globe,” new White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, declared, as he addressed media for the first time.

While speaking at CIA Headquarters, President Trump also weighed in, “We had a massive field of people, you saw that, packed. I get up this morning, I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field.  I said wait a minute, I made a speech, I looked out, it looked like a million, a million and a half people.”

There are no official head counts for inaugurations, but Metro said it was clear that their ridership was down, Friday, with about 570,000 rides.  Statistics showed the number of people that rode the train to and from Trump’s inauguration were even below the weekday average.