Weekly Wonder: How reliable is the T?

By Sophia Elkotni
BU News Service

BOSTON – Bostonians often rely on public transportation to get where they need to in the city. From the subway, also known as the T, to the commuter rail and the bus, there are many different ways to get around.

According to Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Back on Track data source, the bus averages at 69 percent reliability, being the least reliable of all public transportation, compared to the subway and the commuter rail, which average at 88 percent and 89 percent reliability. The subway is considered to be reliable if you don’t experience excess waiting time, according to the MBTA.

When it comes to T, within the past 30 days, the Blue Line has the highest reliability: 94 percent. The Orange Line and the Red Line come close behind, averaging with 91 percent and 90 percent respectively. The Green Line is the least reliable subway, averaging at 77 percent.

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