How Bikeshare Replaced Trains on the Day Metrorail Shut Down

Mobility Lab has created a collection of animations and maps that show how Capital Bikesahre filled in some of the gaps for commuters when Metrorail shut down in March.

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April 12, 2016, 11:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


The unprecedented shutdown of Metrorail by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) on March 16, 2016 also presented an unprecedented opportunity "to observe how the other components of the D.C. region’s transportation system handled the new demand," according to an article by Adam Russell.

Mobility Lab’s senior tech advisor Michael Schade used data from Capital Bikeshare to create a mapping tool and several animations showing "how the bikeshare system fits within the broader regional network."

Russell provides insight into the interactive illustrations created by Schade. One conclusive finding from the data: a large number of "casual riders" tried the system for the first time on the day of the shutdown.

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