The RTA is reporting positive trends from 2009-2013 in most performance areas – except capital funding.
That’s according to the recently released Regional Report Card. Here are some key takeaways:
- Over the five-year period of 2009-2013, CTA rail ridership has grown by 13 percent.
- Despite a five-year trend of reduced service, the overall trend for ridership is up.
- The cost per passenger mile, which represents the cost to provide the amount of service taken by Chicago-area riders, decreased on an inflation-adjusted basis.
- New capital funding has decreased by 29% in the past 10 years from $1.1 billion to $772 million system-wide and remains a serious challenge to meeting regional solvency. The 10-year capital funding need is $33 billion.
The year 2012 was the best ridership year. The region experienced a ridership level of 659 million, the highest since 1990.
However, 2013 was not so good, with an overall decline in ridership. The drop was primarily due to:
- The six-month closure of the CTA Red Line South
- A CTA fare increase
- Unusually cold winter weather in the fourth quarter of 2013.
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