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Yesterday, Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States (opens in new tab). And today, thousands of people descended on D.C. for the Women's March on Washington (opens in new tab). One of these things was a high-profile political event and one was a grassroots movement, and in some pictures, it's a little hard to tell which was which.
Metro's numbers confirm that more people rode this morning than Friday morning.
Metro Ridership: As of 11am, 193k trips taken so far today. (11am 1/20/13 = 317k, 11am 1/20/09 = 513k, 11am 1/20/05 = 197k) #wmataJanuary 20, 2017
Metro Ridership as of 11am: 275k. For comparison, that's more than 8x a normal Sat & even busier than most weekdays. #wmata #womensmarchJanuary 21, 2017
And by this afternoon, Metro reported almost 600,000 rides, with "heavy crowds" at stations.
Metro ridership as of 4 p.m. = >597k with heavy crowds entering the system at all downtown stations. #wmataJanuary 21, 2017
And pictures from around the Capitol the morning of each event:
And these pictures from around D.C.:
Pictures from 12:15pm ET on each day:
CNN (opens in new tab) posted these pictures from EarthCam (opens in new tab) and they offer the most complete picture of the differences in the crowds at the inauguration and the Women's March on Washington. Both pictures were taken at 12:15pm—about 15 minutes after Trump was sworn in and when the march was in full swing.
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