Metro leaders are considering cutting late night operating hours that could disproportionately affect people below the poverty line -- and the impact could be felt most strongly in Maryland. In some stations in Prince George's County, like Morgan Boulevard and Branch Ave, 60 percent of the riders that use the station to enter or exit after 7 p.m. have a household income of less than $20,000, according to a Capital News Service analysis of data from a 2012 Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority ridership survey -- the highest percentage of any Metro station.
The station with the highest percentage in Washington was Congress Heights at 50 percent. The highest in Virginia was the Pentagon at 27 percent. The poverty line for a family of three people is approximately $20,000 per year. In Maryland, the average family size is approximately 2.7 people. Note: the 2012 survey did not contain data for the five new Virginia Silver Line stations (Wiehle-Reston East, Tysons Corner, McLean, Greensboro and Spring Hill) that opened in 2014. Source: WMATA 2012 Ridership Survey, U.S. Census Bureau.