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I also found that Brookline had posted some design plans that I don't see posted anywhere else on this thread. Here
 

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Weekday system bus ridership has stagnated the last few weeks. The week of 4/5/21 remains the COVID-era high-water mark (with much of the OL non-functional), with the 2nd-8th highest ridership weeks having occurred back in August-November, 2020. (When) do people expect to see increases in ridership? The city and state are entering a period of rapid reopening. 50% of Massachusetts (all ages) have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

I am curious to hear people's take. Is the current ridership the "new normal" with remote work here to stay?
 

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Weekday system bus ridership has stagnated the last few weeks. The week of 4/5/21 remains the COVID-era high-water mark (with much of the OL non-functional), with the 2nd-8th highest ridership weeks having occurred back in August-November, 2020. (When) do people expect to see increases in ridership? The city and state are entering a period of rapid reopening. 50% of Massachusetts (all ages) have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

I am curious to hear people's take. Is the current ridership the "new normal" with remote work here to stay?
School vacation week just passed. That likely damped-down the numbers, as work vacations were timed accordingly. You also just had the normal slate of Patriot's Day biz closures, but without the corresponding hordes of Marathon watchers. It unscientifically *felt* emptier out and about last week.
 

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Weekday system bus ridership has stagnated the last few weeks. The week of 4/5/21 remains the COVID-era high-water mark (with much of the OL non-functional), with the 2nd-8th highest ridership weeks having occurred back in August-November, 2020. (When) do people expect to see increases in ridership? The city and state are entering a period of rapid reopening. 50% of Massachusetts (all ages) have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

I am curious to hear people's take. Is the current ridership the "new normal" with remote work here to stay?
I think a lot of the educational institutions seem to be saying that they'll return to on campus education in September. That also means instructors, affiliates, and also all the support staff will return. They all cannot drive so I think Labor Day will be much wilder than typical with moving and new routines.
 

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Now someone tell me how we've already got utility spray markings on #3, can't possibly be digging it up for utility work already lol
They don't have to be digging up things for the constructors to have marked the location of utilities (especially red - power).
 

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The Silver Line Alternatives study presentation from April 29 strongly hints that they’re going to come from today’s CR/Market Basket over to Sweetser and then in on Broadway past the Casino to Sullivan


They have lots of small choices on where they do their Queue jumps, How to get to and through Sweetser in both directions, and how much street running demand they pick up, but this next wedge seems pretty much set.


(it seems also to include a SL spur on Outer Broadway for about a mile north of Sweetser)

...and not going to Wellington, and not getting its own crossing on the CR alignment (greyed out as options)
 
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School vacation week just passed. That likely damped-down the numbers, as work vacations were timed accordingly. You also just had the normal slate of Patriot's Day biz closures, but without the corresponding hordes of Marathon watchers. It unscientifically *felt* emptier out and about last week.
Good call. This was demonstrated last week: the highest ridership week for the bus system since March 2020.

MBTA_Bus_Ridership_4_26_Week.png


The previous COVD-era high (week of 4/5/21) got a bump from a non-functional northern end of the Orange Line: the last two weeks of the northern OL shutdown remain the highest COVID-era ridership weeks for the 104, for example. Last week's record ridership was more authentic without that factor. The B-branch's bustitution is less likely to drive as many people to non-shuttle bus routes as the Sullivan-Oak Grove OL shutdown was.

In particular, the 66 saw a nice bump. Last week, the 66 averaged 6,895 riders per day, which was its highest ridership week since March 2020:

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While a small part of that may be due to people shifting away from the temporarily closed Brookline Hills stop and bustitutions on the B-branch, I suspect most of this increase is newly-vaccinated, newly-comfortable riders who had stopped riding, or were riding less, during COVID. This was 86% of the 2019 low water mark (Christmas week) and 51% of the index week (week of 2/24/20). Not to mention a 161% increase year-over-year. Slowly, but surely, ridership is trickling back. The 66 is on-pace to be at Christmas-week 2019 level ridership by the end of June. While that may not happen once more students go home for the summer, ridership is definitely trending up.
 

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Another week. Another data dump. Another COVID-era record in system-wide bus ridership!

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Last week (the week of 5/3), the MBTA bus system averaged 181,299 riders per weekday, surpassing 180,000 for the first time since March, '20. This was 70% of Thanksgiving week 2019, 68% of Christmas week 2019, and 44% of the index week of 2/24/20.

The 66 had another week of increasing ridership:

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The 66 was the highest ridership route in the bus system last week, at 7,152 riders/weekday. The 66 become the second bus route (after the 28) to average >7,000 riders/weekday for a week since the start of the COVID-era. Last week's ridership for the 66 was 89% of Christmas week 2019 and 53% of the index week (2/24/20).
 

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The N. Washington St bus lane is a great project.

The BTD Tweet cuts off the most important route number:111, Which I suspect has more riders than the 92 and 93 put together. But I guess BTD doesn’t sweat that [little cutoff in the retweet] since the 111 is probably 99% Chelsea riders?

Politically, it seems like the 92 and 93 would be supplying the voters (Charlestown) that BTD cares about, both for this lane and the future inbound lane on the new N Washington St bridge (now being built)
 
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The N. Washington St bus lane is a great project.

The BTD Tweet cuts off the most important route number:111, Which I suspect has more riders than the 92 and 93 put together. But I guess BTD doesn’t sweat that omission since the 111 is probably 99% Chelsea riders?

Politically, it seems like the 92 and 93 would be supplying the voters (Charlestown) that BTD cares about, both for this lane and the future inbound lane on the new N Washington St bridge (now being built)
I think that's an artifact of the embedding. If you click through to the original tweet or BTD page it's shown in full.
 

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I think that's an artifact of the embedding. If you click through to the original tweet or BTD page it's shown in full.
Yes sorry to have used the word “omission” that was a careless/unfair way of my saying it. I knew it was more an ironic cutoff not an intentional slight
 

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The notice says “we expect work to take two weeks” so it fits that the new material isn’t fast
 

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