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ulrichomega

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Incidentally the MBTA Data Blog has a great, multipage article on bus use during COVID

I'd say that given that 28, 23, 111, and SL5 had the least drop (down less than 70%) during COVID, that they represent the most important routes for essential workers:
Is this the first time we've gotten real numbers on the SL3's ridership? I remember that number being hard to track down previously.
 

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Is this the first time we've gotten real numbers on the SL3's ridership? I remember that number being hard to track down previously.
They've recently started including SL3 ridership figures on the open data portal too, (SL3 being route 743) https://mbta-massdot.opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/mbta-bus-ridership-by-trip-season-route-line-and-stop/data?where=route_id = '743'

Needs a bit of excel work to make it human understandable.

They've also got updated by station ridership for the first time in years https://mbta-massdot.opendata.arcgis.com/datasets/mbta-ridership-guide
 

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That SL3 ridership figure strikes me as pleasantly surprisingly high. I'd been worried that the low-ish frequencies, drawbridge, and somewhat indirect route would crater it. And maybe they have -- maybe that number should be much much higher. But, especially for a corridor that didn't have any sort of service along that alignment previously, it's super interesting.
 

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It makes total sense that they're suspending a whole bunch express buses like the 325, 326, 351, 428, 434, 502, 503, 505 and consolidating others.
Commuter Bus is probably like Commuter Rail in being the kind that's probably disproportionately working from home.
 

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Extracted from the service changes page:

WEEKDAY Increased
22, 23, 57, 65, 66, 70, 71, 80, 86, 104, 106, 108, 109, 111, 112, 116, 117, 238, 350, 504, 553

Resuming regular weekday service:
CT2, 27, 67, 68, 72, 85, 114, 121, 131, 202, 217, 221, 439, 501, 424

Resuming limited weekday service:
CT3, 4, 52, 79, 214, 554, 556, 558

Continued with reduced frequency
4, 91, 92, 99, 216, 354, 426, CT2, SL1, SL2.

Modified routes
62/76, 78, 136&137, 214&216, 354, 501, 504,
Local Newton Only: 553, 554, 556, 558

Peak hours only
18, 43, 52, 55, 79, 236, and 245

Suspended ("will continue to not run")
62, 76, 84, 170, 325, 326, 351, 352, 428, 434, 451, 456, 502, 503, 505

==================================
WEEKEND Increase
8, 15, 16, 22, 23, 57, 66, 104, 109, 111, 212, 226, 236, 238, 240

WEEKEND Decrease
10, 11, 44, 45, 89, 91, 94, 95, 96, 99, 101, 211, 216, 504, 553
 

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