Total Ridership

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Transit Trips per Resident

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Total Ridership: 2016 ridership on CTA, Metra, and Pace totaled 613,330,871.

This is 3.4% lower than 2015 ridership, which totaled 634,884,198.



This translates to 72 transit trips per resident.


Regional Transit Mode Share

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System Effectiveness (Passenger Trips per Vehicle Hour)

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More than four-fifths of all transit trips taken so far this year were on CTA.  From January 1 through June 30 2017, CTA, Metra, and Pace provided nearly 8 million vehicle service hours and averaged 37 passenger trips per hour. With the decline in ridership spread over more service hours, system effectiveness was 5.3% lower compared to 2016.            


Operating Cost per Passenger Trip

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Operating costs vary significantly by quarter; costs are highest in quarters when CTA, Metra, and Pace incur significant weather-related expenses. Additionally, ridership tends to be lowest in those quarters, resulting in a higher cost per trip. 2017 costs have been adjusted for inflation in this chart.