MBTA ridership continues to plummet

Subway down 72% on Tuesday; buses off 50%

THE MBTA estimated 106,000 people rode the subway system on Tuesday, which is about a fifth of the normal passenger level.

Bus ridership was also off, with an estimated 198,000 passengers on Monday, down about 50 percent from normal levels.

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

As the coronavirus prompts more and more people to stay in their homes, the T is seeing its trains and buses running with fewer and fewer passengers. Even so, the transit authority made a few adjustments on Wednesday to the scaled-back services it launched on Tuesday – adding buses on some routes and additional trains at specific times to the Blue Line and the E branch of the Green Line, which serves the Longwood Medical Area.

According to the latest figures, validations at gated subway stations were down 68 percent on Monday and 78 percent on Tuesday compared to the average for the week of February 24. The T stressed the numbers are preliminary and may be adjusted.

Bus ridership on heavily used routes were also down on Monday – 58 percent on the 1 bus, 52 percent on the 66, 79 percent on the 73, 72 percent on the 9, and 66 percent on the 57. Ridership was down only 24 percent on the 28 bus and 26 percent on the 23 bus.