The answer, according to Metro officials, is that it was a mixed bag — due, in part, to reduced travel in the region. The evidence suggests that people didn’t just stop driving, they stopped going anywhere for good chunks of the weekend.
Metro offered free service on the Orange Line busway, the Red and Purple Line subway and 26 other bus lines. The agency also increased service on a number of bus lines to help people travel between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside.
Metro officials believe ridership was up about 15 to 20 percent on the Orange Line busway, the Red Line subway and the Green Line. On the other hand, bus ridership looks like it was up slightly on some lines and down slightly on others.
One reason that it’s hard to calculate ridership for this weekend is that there was a lot of free service, meaning the agency don’t have fare media data they normally would have to help count passengers on buses and trains.
Metro officials also observed that it appeared more people than usual in the Valley were traveling with luggage, suggesting that they were using Metro Rail to travel to LAX, given that the 405 was closed. The Galaxy-Real Madrid soccer match at the Coliseum on Saturday also looked to draw extra riders on the Red Line and the 754 Vermont bus.