A report released Friday by CommercialCafe, a commercial real estate blog, found that, in August, the number of people searching for directions on public transit in Boston was up 30% compared to before the start of the pandemic in January 2020.
The report used Apple’s Mobility Trends Report to analyze the number of searches for directions using Apple Maps as an indicator for how people might be traveling in the 50 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the United States.
Of those 50 areas, Boston ranks highest in searches for public transit directions. The report found that only 19 of the 50 statistical areas had a number of searches for transit in August that reached or exceeded pre-pandemic levels.
Data from the report shows some expected patterns — the number of searches for directions using walking, driving and public transit all dropped in March following the start of the pandemic and
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