Ridership on the rail system in 2018 totaled approximately 174 million trips; for the bus system, the total was 121 million trips and 2.3 million trips on MetroAccess, the paratransit service.
The rail and bus system serves a population of four million passengers.
The routes include trips from Washington to Maryland (Montgomery and Prince George's counties) and Virginia (Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties, and the towns of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church).
The Metrorail includes six train lines and covers 118 miles.
Metrobus had 10,687 bus stops, as of 2018.
As of 2017, average weekday ridership for Metrorail was 626,000.
The system is patrolled by the Metro Transit Police Department
The Metro's operations control center has hotlines to every police and fire department in the regions serviced.
Emergency call boxes are located on station platforms that connect to the operations control center. The boxes have a button to shut down third-rail power during emergencies.
Outdoor Metrorail tracks are blocked by fencing that alerts central control to disturbances, breaks and any tilting.
1973 - Four bus systems are acquired.
March 27, 1976 - The first portion of the Metrorail system opens to the public.
January 13, 1982 - Subway train derails during afternoon rush hour near the Federal Triangle on the Orange line, three dead, 25 injured.
January 13, 2001 - The final portion of Metrorail is completed.
2004 - Three new subway stations open, two on the Blue line and one on the Red line.
January 20, 2009 -
The Metro sets a record with 1,544,721 rail and bus trips
on the day of President Barack Obama's
July 26, 2014 -
The Silver Line
opens, adding an additional 11.7 miles to Washington's Metro.
January 12, 2015 -
One person is killed and more than 80 others are hospitalized after a train station at L'Enfant Plaza
fills with smoke. The smoke condition was caused by an "electrical arcing accident" on the third rail, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The incident prompts the Federal Transit Administration to begin work on a report identifying Metrorail safety issues.
June 17, 2015 - The FTA releases its report,
which identifies numerous hazards throughout the Metrorail system. The problems include an understaffed control center, employees using personal cellphones while on duty and a poor radio communications network.
March 14, 2016 - An electrical fire in a Metro tunnel causes major delays on the Orange, Silver and Blue lines.
March 16-17, 2016 -
The entire Metrorail system is shut down
for safety inspections. The closure lasts from midnight on March 16
until 5 a.m. on March 17.
May 3, 2016 -
The National Transportation and Safety Board releases its report
on the fatal Metrorail accident in January, outlining safety issues and infrastructure problems in the Metrorail system.
2016-2017 - WMATA conducts a series of 16 "safety surges" during a program called SafeTrack.
Each safety surge involves fast-tracked repairs and maintenance to address NTSB and FTA safety recommendations for the Metrorail system.
January 21, 2017 -
According to a tweet from WMATA, 1,001,616 rail trips are taken on the day of the Women's March in Washington.
That sets a record for Saturday ridership on Metrorail.