I also question the "2% of riders do not own a car." Doesn't DC have something like a 35% non-car owning population? I think that's 35% of households, not individuals. And, logically, wouldn't these people make up an even bigger percentage of the overall metro ridership than the 65% that own cars? I realize that Virginia and Maryland are also in the equation, but it still seems way off.
What difference does the demographics, educational level or how many cars are in the household make.
METRO will still raise the fares and the service will not get any better.