By popular demand and to aid in understanding any streetcar development, I did the same ridership presentation for the H Street line (X2). The data is for westbound weekday traffic.

I improved the presentation somewhat:

  • Color coding makes more sense (see map for key)
  • Stops are listed in ridership order

Cross-posted at

[David adds: From looking at this, it seems clear we should have a limited-stop service (or, better yet, heavy rail). Most of the ridership is concentrated at a few spots: Minnesota Avenue Metro; the “downtown Ward 7” corner of Minnesota and Benning; the “starburst intersection” of H, Benning, Bladensburg, and Maryland; 7th and H NE; Union Station/North Capitol; and Gallery Place Metro.

Perhaps not surprisingly, that is pretty much where stops have been proposed for the separate Blue Line, except on M Street downtown instead of H. A streetcar line or limited-stop MetroExtra/Circulator with only those stops plus a few downtown, as well as a local service to serve the folks in between, would work wonders for accessibility of this neighborhood

Michael Perkins blogs about Metro operations and fares, performance parking, and any other government and economics information he finds on the Web. He lives with his wife and two children in Arlington, Virginia.