The MBTA strives to provide good service to riders, but what does providing “good service” really mean? In this post, we will explore this concept as it relates to bus service. For over a decade, the MBTA has been redefining our approach to “good bus service” to better capture the benefits bus service can provide... Continue reading Improving Cost-Benefit Analysis for the Bus Network
Greater Boston's makeup has changed significantly in recent years, with shifting demographics, emerging employment districts, increasing traffic congestion, and changing travel patterns. Meanwhile, up until recently, much of the MBTA bus network had not seen any changes since the 1960s. To remedy this, the MBTA created the Bus Network Redesign, an initiative that aims to... Continue reading Creating a Road Map of “Busable” Streets
When you separate buses from mixed traffic, you can both improve the speed of bus travel along the corridor and decrease the variability of run times, both of which make taking the bus a more competitive option with driving, and over time, you can not only improve the experience for passengers but also attract more... Continue reading Bus Lane Pilot Results
Estimating ridership impacts and calculating net impacts.
An explanation of the methodology the MBTA's Service Planning Department used to estimate the impacts on riders of the 47 Better Bus Project proposals affecting 63 bus routes.
Estimating passenger walk time impacts, transfer time impacts, stranded passengers, and impacts across the day.
Detailed data about declining MBTA bus speeds and next steps being taken to reverse this trend.