Yes, it was an MTA HQ-funded study for all three operating agencies. The data gathering for MNR’s piece was done in 2015-2016 and the study data were finalized in 2018, just before I retired from Operations Planning, which was responsible for MNR’s effort.
That data is critical to understanding ridership patterns and planning service changes. The study was done about five years later than it should have been done, due to the Great Recession and resulting financial difficulties. Once the financial pressure eased up, I pushed hard to get the study done because the previous study’s data was horribly out of date.
Of course, after COVID, everything is worthless, and all service planning will be a shot in the dark for years to come.