MBTA Count Program Support FFY 2023

January 5, 2023


Proposed Motion

The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) votes to approve this work program.

Project Identification

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Classification

Agency and Other Client Transportation Planning Studies and Technical Analyses

Project Number 13816


Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Client Supervisor: Derek Krevat and Ian Thistle

Project Supervisors

Principal: Paul Christner
Manager: Roger Roy

Funding Source

MassDOT-Directed PL Funds

Schedule and Budget

Schedule: 9 months from notice to proceed

Budget: $65,000

Schedule and budget details are shown in Exhibits 1 and 2, respectively.

The overhead rate used to calculate the budget is subject to change every July 1st based on the approved projected overhead rate for the state fiscal year.




The MBTA and MassDOT have asked the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) to conduct manual passenger counts in locations for which there is insufficient automated data on ridership. These data are required for diversion and special events planning. Of particular interest is ridership on the Green Line Extension (GLX), Mattapan Line, and commuter rail.

The MBTA completed the installation of an automated-fare-collection (AFC) system in 2007. While this system can be used to determine daily counts of boardings at rapid transit stations and on vehicles with fare-collection equipment, manual counts are still required to determine boardings by direction and in locations where there are no fare gates, such as the GLX and parts of the commuter rail system.


The objective of this work program is to perform various forms of data collection on MBTA transit services including the following:

Work Description

Task 1  Coordination

CTPS will coordinate with the MBTA as needed to discuss specific assignments, schedule data collection, review data, and coordinate on other topics related to the count program.


Task 2  Collect Data

CTPS will carry out data-collection assignments as directed by MBTA staff and as budget allows. The primary data-collection activity will be passenger counts as described in the objectives above. CTPS will provide results of the data collection to the MBTA in digital or paper form, depending on the MBTA’s needs.

Products of Task 2

Passenger count data in digital or paper form.


Exhibit 1
MBTA Count Program Support FFY 2023

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
From Month 1, Week 1 to Month 9, Week 4.
Collect Data
From Month 1, Week 1 to Month 9, Week 4.
A: Field Data in Paper or Digital Form

Exhibit 2
MBTA Count Program Support FFY 2023

Direct Salary and Overhead


Person-Weeks Direct
M-1 P-2 Temp Total
1.7 0.0 0.0 1.7 $3,064 $3,657 $6,721
Collect Data
0.0 3.6 28.5 32.1 $26,456 $31,573 $58,029
1.7 3.6 28.5 33.8 $29,520 $35,230 $64,750

Other Direct Costs



MassDOT-Directed PL Funds

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