2018 Posts

Fare Collection and Cash Use: Effects of the Current Cash/Ticket Surcharge

October 19, 2018

How will the upcoming fare collection system, AFC 2.0, affect the cash/ticket surcharge?

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Wollaston: Where Did They Go?

September 26, 2018

In the spring of 2018, the MBTA temporarily closed Wollaston Station for construction. Where did all the old Wollaston riders go?

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Subway Reliability Metrics Update

September 13, 2018

This post explains changes to the real-time data feed for heavy and light rail vehicles made on September 12, 2018 impact our reliability performance measure.

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Demographics Over a Bus Route: The Case of Route 1

August 2, 2018

Long cross-town routes with multiple transfer/connection options tend to be likely to have different riders along the routes, with relatively few people riding the entire length of the route. We evaluate whether it makes sense to treat these routes as a single service, or at the segment level.

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Attention: The MBTA is Experiencing Moderate Increases in Satisfaction Due to Changes in T-Alerts

July 10, 2018

Because service disruptions can be complex and tend to unfold over time, there is a constant trade-off between the timeliness of sending the alert and the accuracy of the estimated length of impact to service. We discovered through customer feedback, including in our monthly satisfaction survey, that our passengers were relatively dissatisfied with our approach.

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MBTA Systemwide Passenger Survey (2015-17) Data Release

March 16, 2018

The MBTA, working with the Central Transportation Planning Staff, has just completed a systemwide passenger survey to collect necessary passenger demographic data for bus routes and rail stations. This project updates the 2008-2009 dataset and will be used for service planning, ridership analysis, and Title VI equity analyses.

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MBTA Systemwide Passenger Survey Data Challenge

March 16, 2018

In collaboration with the Boston Area Research Initiative, the MBTA is holding a data challenge to see how students and researchers can creatively use the survey data to answer research questions. The winners of the data challenge will be invited to present their work at the BARI Spring 2018 conference on April 27th, 2018.

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Does U.S. Census Data Predict MBTA Bus Ridership?

March 15, 2018

How to measure equity on high ridership bus routes.

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Green Line Data Update

February 8, 2018

This post explains a change we just made to Green Line data that impacts our performance measures.

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Investigating Bus Ridership Using Regression Analysis

February 5, 2018

Investigation into bus ridership changes using regression analysis.

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A Beautiful Chart

January 2, 2018

Explaining how a "perfect" chart came together.

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MBTA Station Prints - The Answers

December 21, 2017

Answers to the MBTA Station Prints Quiz!

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Bus Crowding on the Street Network

December 16, 2017

An analysis of bus crowding by street as opposed to bus route.

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