johnpbarlow wrote:Positive article in the Worcester Telegram re: growing patronage of new Wachusett station: http://www.telegram.com/news/20170225/r ... -t-station
Let's apply simple arithmetic (which Telegram reporter George Barnes failed to do) to the parking lot use and ridership figures provided by Glenn Eaton of the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission and Joe Pesturo, Communicvations Director for MBTA.
Barnes quotes Eaton:
"When I visited in October, there was only one car in the parking lot, " he said. "There were 39 in November, and 60 in December."
Expressed differently, and far more realistically, the parking lot was 88% empty during Eaton's November visit and 83% empty during his December visit.
MBTA flack Pesturo told Barnes:
"...the agency's (MBTA/Keolis) recent surveys peg ridership from Wachusett station at between 45 and 75 passengers per day."
Presumably, 45 and 75 are min/max passenger counts and were subject to verification of some sort. Think about that for a moment...17 daily departures from Wachusett see 45-75 boarding passengers daily? At minimum, that's 89% BELOW the projected new rider total; and at maximum it is 82% below the projection for new riders. Accepting Pesturo's passenger count totals allows realization that 45 passengers boarded per day equates to a mere 2.6 passengers per train departure; 4.5 passenger boarded each train on the "busy" day when 75 passengers boarded in December.
Not too shabby for $93.5 million bucks. Gee, maybe they should have dumped an additional $20-50 million into this project.