May 6, 2019
There’s no direct correlation between Metro ridership and city economics. Over the past decade, ridership has fallen off on average at each of the city’s four Metro stations: Braddock Road (-5 percent); King Street and Eisenhower Avenue (-23 percent each); and Van Dorn Street (-30 percent) At the same time, city tax revenues have generally risen on average over the same time period: transient lodging (+182 percent); local sales (+35 percent); restaurant food (+32 percent); business licenses (+15 percent).
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