Facts and usage statistics about public transit in Boston, United States

Commute patterns by Subway, Train, Bus & Ferry in Boston - Statistics, Analytics and Usage Data

The Moovit Public Transit Index helps anyone discover how people in Boston get around each day with public transit compared to other cities. Below you will find the average commute and wait time for riders, the distance people travel to get to work with public transit and the average distance people in Boston walk each day. See which Subway, Train, Bus & Ferry and stations are most popular in Boston, and more!

Boston has 4 transit type(s), including: Subway, Train, Bus & Ferry, operated by several transit agencies, including MBTA, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, Massport, MetroWest Regional Transit Authority, Cape Ann Transportation, Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, Boston Harbor Islands State Park, Montachusett Regional Transit Authority, Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority & Brockton Area Transit Authority

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In Boston, the average amount of time people spend riding public transit is 46 min. Over 47% of those riders spend more than 2 hours on public transportation every day.
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How long do people usually wait at a stop or station in Boston each day? Commuters wait on average 11 min, but over 32% wait longer than 20 minutes.
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The average distance people ride in a single trip within Boston is 3.73 mi. Yet 33% of riders travel over 12 km in a single direction.
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The percentage of public transit riders who transfer lines at least once in Boston is 32%. On average, 45% of riders transfer at least twice during a single trip.
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Did you know that in Boston, the average distance people walk to work or home is 0.45 mi? Approximately, 23% walk more than 1 km to reach their destination.

Commute Time in Boston

How long do people usually commute in Boston by public transit everyday?

The average amount of time people in Boston spend commuting with public transit, for example to and from work, on a weekday is 46 min.

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How many people have a long commute every day with public transit in Boston, United States?

The percentage of transit riders in Boston who ride public transit, including Subway, Train, Bus & Ferry for more than 2 hours every day is 47%.

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Waiting Time in Boston

How long do people usually wait at a station in Boston every day?

The average amount of time people in Boston wait at a stop or station for their Subway, Train, Bus & Ferry line on a weekday is 11 min.

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How many people in Boston usually wait a long time at a transit station?

The percentage of people in Boston who wait for over 20 minutes on average for their transit line every day, for example to and from work is 32%.

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Trip Distance in Boston

How far do people usually commute each way with public transit in Boston?

The average distance people in Boston usually ride in a single trip, for example to or from work, with public transit including Subway, Train, Bus & Ferry is 3.73 mi.

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How many people have a long commute every day in Boston?

The percentage of people in Boston that usually travel for over 7.46 mi in a single direction, for example to or from work, each day with public transit is 33%.

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Number of Transfers in Boston

How many people perform single line trips in Boston?

The percentage of people in Boston who don't need to transfer during an average commute trip (one way) is 32%.

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Walking Distance in Boston

How far do people usually walk per trip in Boston?

The average distance people in Boston walk every day in one direction, for example on their way home or to work is 3.73 mi.

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How many people walk for more than 0.62 mi in Boston?

The percentage of people in Boston who walk for over 0.62 mi each day to reach a specific destination, for example to or from work is 33%.

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Most popular Bus lines

  • 116 - Wonderland - Maverick
  • 16 - Forest Hills - Andrew
  • 66 - Harvard - Dudley

Most popular Bus stations

  • Forest Hills
  • Sullivan Square
  • Ruggles

Most popular Subway lines

  • RED LINE
  • ORANGE LINE
  • BLUE LINE

Most popular Subway stations

  • Downtown Crossing
  • Park Street
  • State Street

Most popular Bus lines

  • 116 - Wonderland - Maverick
  • 16 - Forest Hills - Andrew
  • 66 - Harvard - Dudley

Most popular Bus stations

  • Forest Hills
  • Sullivan Square
  • Ruggles

Most popular Subway lines

  • RED LINE
  • ORANGE LINE
  • BLUE LINE

Most popular Subway stations

  • Downtown Crossing
  • Park Street
  • State Street

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