Did you know that the top four single-day station entry tallies for any rail station are all at the Belmont station on the Red/Brown/Purple lines on the days of the annual Gay & Lesbian Pride Parade from each of the previous four years?
And that the next busiest day and station was Clark/Lake on the Loop elevated on June 11, 2010 - the day of the Blackhawks Stanley Cup Parade and celebration?
You can glean these bits of information now and much more since the CTA released ridership data in an easier to parse format on Friday. The transit agency also is making mapping data available for the first time ever.
"This mapping data will allow developers to visualize and analyze CTA service locations and availability in relation to ridership patterns, demographics and other information that helps CTA strategically plan service to best serve all of metro Chicago," according to a CTA press release. "They can now plot CTA services and facilities on maps which can be cross referenced with other data (such as census data) in software like Google Earth."
The new ridership data T will allow people to "dive deep into the numbers" and view raw ridership statistics, by bus route or train station, both daily and monthly (in totals and averages), as well as annual statistics for both bus and rail back to the 1980s.
The CTA released the data just three days before today's deadline for the transportation round of the Apps for Metro Chicago software challenge.
Here's a full list of the CTA datasets.