Historically, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has estimated daily and annual ridership by dividing collected revenue by an average fare. In 1981, various fare and system changes influenced the MBTA decision to institute a new program for estimating ridership--the average fare used to calculate the number of riders from revenue would now be determined by surveying a sample of actual ridership. Number of passengers boarding, the type of fare paid, and farebox revenue are recorded for selected bus routes, surface portions of the Green Line, and at selected rapid transit stations. Resulting data are processed and analyzed by the CTPS. This program has been in effect for three years. This report is an update of the previous CTPS technical reports addressing the subject. It pressents the 1983 survey results and analysis procedures and the two previous years' results. (Analysis and results of the 1981 and 1982 fare-mix surveys are available in CTPS Techincal reports 39 and 43.) This report describes the assumptions and methods used to design and administer a sampling program to determine the fare-mix and average fare for rapid transit, buses, and the surface Green Line. Information obtained from this program was used in conjunction with revenue data to determine the number of unlinked and linked trips made on rapid transit and surface routes in November 1983.

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    BOSTON, MA  United States 

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • ADDANTE, E Y
  • Publication Date: 1984-12

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  • Pagination: 105 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00396554
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: CTPS 48
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-MA-09-0095
  • Contract Numbers: UMTA-MA-09-0095
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1985 12:00AM