- Apr 17, 2018
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The MBTA has a shocking number of different ways they count ridership depending on who they're talking to... Ever seen the variety of commuter rail ridership data? The CTPS counts seem the most accurate but for their yearly NTD reports they use all sorts of conductor estimates and ticket sales combos.Until several years ago, the MBTA was regularly reporting 210-230k riders per day on the Green Line. Now it's at 150-160k. Has the Green Line really lost one-third of its riders in just several years, or has their reporting changed?
EDIT: Looks like it dropped from 204k in the APTA 2017 Q4 report, to 155k in the 2018 Q1 report. That sharp a change suggests a change in methodology, not an actual massive ridership decline
One can hope that in 5 years with a single unified fare system that has tap on tap off data they'll finally be able to count people... That plus all new trains have APCs and all new buses have APCs and there is a project to install them on CR trains too...