The story out of New York this week is that weekend subway ridership in 2011 grew to its highest total since 1947. There were 5.4 million weekend riders on New York's subway in 2011. In 1947, there were 5.6 million riders.
But New York is not the only city seeing a big increase in weekend riders. In Chicago, weekend rail riders increased by more than 7%, with about 750,000 weekend rail riders in 2011, compared to 723,000 in 2010.
The CTA has seen steady overall ridership growth in the last few years. In 2011, there were 532 million total riders - a 3% increase form the 517 million rides in 2010.
So, bitch as we might about the CTA, we sure are using it more.