CTA bus riders are paying the highest fare in cents per mile in the United States compared to other big cities. And rail riders pay nearly the highest fare in cents per mile. These not-so-fun facts were crunched and published recently by Geoff Dougherty at Chicago Current.
The CTA bus fare per mile was 32 cents in 2009, and is adjusted to account for cost of living. The least expensive big city fare was 13 cents per mile charged by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Washington charged 19 cents per mile, and New York 21 cents.
On the rail side of the equation, Washington had the highest (and arguably the most comfortable) rail ride in cents per mile at 22 cents. Boston's system cost 21 cents per mile, and the CTA was next in line at 16 cents per mile - tied with Philadelphia's rail system. Both New York City and Atlanta charged just 10 cents per rail mile.
Chicago Current mined the data from the National Transit Database.
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