The Sept. 18 Metro article “Rush hour returns with a vengeance” reported that though rush-hour traffic has rebounded close to 2019 figures, Metro ridership is lagging at only 40-some percent of pre-pandemic levels. Metro faces a $500 million annual shortfall. The new Metro general manager is counting on improved ridership. Elected officials in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. should be rooting for the same thing before they inevitably are asked to kick in higher subsidies.