Counting Down from 10: Our Top Stations of 2016

People in the metro-D.C. region are fans of numbers. We know this because our review of the top 10 stations from 2015 was our most-read blog post. Ever.

So we’re excited to bring you all of the great numbers and statistics from yet another banner year for Capital Bikeshare.

2016 kept our bikes moving. There was the Metrorail shutdown in March; REI presented our first Free Ride Weekend; We had SafeTrack; Fairfax County opened their Capital Bikeshare stations. When it was all said and done, we once again celebrated our busiest year yet, with over 3.3 million trips. We couldn’t have done it without you, our members, so consider this list a celebration of another great year and a promise to make 2017 even better.

Top 10 Busiest Stations of 2016​​

10. Eastern Market Metro /Pennsylvania Ave & 7th St SE (2015: Not Listed)The only newcomer to this list, this station sits in between the twin social hubs of Barracks Row and Eastern Market in Capitol Hill and provides access to Metrorail for a wide swathe of the neighborhood. It also came in handy during multiple SafeTrack safety surges this year.
9. New Hampshire Ave & T St NW (2015: 9th)The Monster of the old city is back for 2016 in its familiar spot between Adams Morgan, U Street and Dupont Circle. It remains a challenge to our rebalancing dispatchers.
8. Jefferson Memorial (2015: 8th)Returning to its 8th place position, the Jefferson Memorial station continues to sit pretty alongside the Tidal Basin. It remains a very popular destination for tourists to the area, with more than 50% of its trips taken by walk-up riders.
7. Thomas Circle NW (2015: 6th)Slipping a spot from 2015, Thomas Circle comes in at number 7 as one of the busiest commuter stations in the system. It’s a great spot to dependably find a bike at peak hours as it sits on the Massachusetts Ave divide between empty and full stations in downtown D.C.
6. 14th St & V St NW (2015: 7th)Another neighborhood and night life hot spot station, 14th St & V St NW also serves the District of Columbia’s Reeves Center as well as the U Street and 14th St corridors.
5. 15th St & P St NW (2015: 5th)With a Whole Foods Market, coffee shops, dining and plenty of residential near this Logan Circle station, 15th St & P St returns to its 5th spot in our top-10 for 2016 as the busiest small station in the system.
4. Massachusetts Ave & Dupont Circle NW (2015: 3rd)A former 4-time champion of this list, the Dupont Circle station is no longer the busiest station nor the biggest station in our system. However, it remains one of the busiest for our key-holding members, and a key access point to shopping, employment, transit and dining in bustling Dupont Circle.
3. Jefferson Dr & 14th St NW / Washington Monument (2015: 4th)Location, location, location – there’s definitely a perk to being at the foot of the Washington Monument. Jumping up one spot to 3rd on the list this year, the Jefferson Dr & 14th St NW station was the start and end point of the most popular trip taken in 2016 - over 6,000 trips made a round trip on the Mall from this location!
2. Lincoln Memorial (2015: 2nd)Our 2nd busiest station for two years running, the Lincoln Memorial Station also proved to be the most popular destination for tourists and visitors, with nearly 80% of its trips coming from walk-up riders. It’s also very popular with riders from Arlington and Alexandria, remaining one of the most popular stations for inter-state trips.
1. Columbus Circle / Union Station (2015: 1st)The champion for the 3rd straight year has solidified its place as the most importation station for our multimodal city. With Amtrak, commuter rail, Metrorail, bus service, shopping and more all a part of this teeming transportation hub, it’s no wonder Columbus Circle / Union Station was once again the busiest station in the Capital Bikeshare system.