The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted transit use, changing trends that were previously well-established and static over time. These circumstances have necessitated a new look at our data to investigate transit changes in a thoughtful way. This post will focus on how we’re thinking about changing ridership trends...
While we have focused primarily on transit ridership on this blog, the pandemic has significantly affected all transportation modes. One interesting case is the effect of the pandemic on biking. A so-called “bicycle boom” has been observed during the pandemic so far, as bicycle demand seemed to increase greatly throughout Massachusetts...
Starting in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a catastrophic drop in ridership – and correspondingly in revenue – for the MBTA. Even as trips began to return on the system during the summer of 2020, the MBTA continued to contend with low levels of ridership and associated budget shortfalls. During the fall of... Continue reading Developing the “Transit Criticality” Metric
At the onset of the pandemic, the MBTA lost a vast majority of its ridership (and therefore a large portion of its revenue) yet played a critical role in transporting the essential workers that kept the Boston area running. We’ve talked about some general patterns in COVID-era MBTA ridership on the data blog previously (see... Continue reading Regression Analysis of Pandemic Ridership
While ridership remains far from normal, the return to fare collection provided a natural experiment for learning more about how the system is being used and how passengers respond to fares.
Mid-April 2020 update about ridership in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Early April 2020 update on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on MBTA ridership.
This post looks back at the week of 3/16/2020, when major changes in ridership due to the COVID-19 pandemic began to occur.
An early look at changed to ridership due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as of March 19, 2020.