MBTA and Keolis By the Numbers

The Commuter Rail (sometimes referred to as the “Purple Line” for the color scheme on locomotives and coaches) is the heavy rail passenger transportation system servicing metro-Boston and beyond. This system is owned by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and operated by Keolis Commuter Services- which is committed to “Thinking like a passenger” and delivering safe, reliable and consistent transportation services.

Commuter Rail Facts:

  • 400 route miles in Massachusetts and Rhode Island
  • 14 lines
  • 139 stations
  • Passes through 175 cities and towns
  • 127,000 daily passengers
  • 35 million passengers annually
  • 4.6 million passenger miles traveled in 2016
  • 156,789 trains operated
  • On-time-performance of ~90% in 2016

Keolis Facts:

  • Keolis Commuter Services (KCS) is a subsidiary of Keolis, a global transportation leader with vast expertise and resources
  • Assumed operations of the MBTA commuter rail service on July 1, 2014
  • Employs 2,500 people in and around Boston
  • Largest contract in Massachusetts history
  • Committed to working with the MBTA to deliver safe, reliable and consistent commuter rail service
  • Operates a Passenger Information Center daily, from first train to last
  • Company trademark: “Thinking like a passenger