Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Metro Rail Carries 1,120,000 Riders (in 1 day)

Well, Metro has annouced their final count. Their estimate is that the rail system carried 1,200,000 trips on Jan 20, 2009. This is of course the highest ridership day in Metro's history--and the only time rail ridership has broken 7-digits.

The number is called an estimate because due to station crowding, some station managers let people into or out of the system without paying. As this is the official number, the winner of the Track Twenty-Nine contest will be determined based on 1,200,000 trips.

And the winner is...

Tom Veil with a difference of 37,622.
Tom's guess was 1,157,622.

Congratulations Tom!

Our runners up are:
2nd Place: kenf, with 1,157,623 (diff: 37,623)
3rd Place: IMGoph: with 1,193,000 (diff: 73,000)

As for the average of the guesses, when averaging all of the guesses together, we get 1,308,558. That's a difference of 188,558.

Thanks to everyone for playing.

7 comments:

Chris said...

1,120,000 or 1,200,000? There seems to be some inconsistency.

Matt' said...

Chris,
Thanks for the catch. I've fixed the title of the post. The real number is 1,120,000.

I seem to have made an typo initially when titling the post.

Tom A. said...

fun contest. Since they under counted, you can add 1% for a total of 1,131,200. I doubt too many more than 11k were let on for free, but you never know!

IMGoph said...

damn, so close! if it was 1,200,000 i'd have had it!

Steven said...

IMGoph, check again. I guessed 1,200,000 two days after your guess. But it's moot anyway. Oh well...

IMGoph said...

steven: wouldn't that mean that i would get the tiebreak in that situation, since i gave the number 2 days before you?

either way, neither of us win...

tom veil said...

Thank you, thank you! I'd like to thank my producer, my cast and crew, and Bob Barker for teaching me everything I know about number-guessing contests.