The 2016 Regional Ridership Report provides an analysis of RTA system ridership compared to 2015. The report analyzes ridership by mode, line, or bus route group for CTA, Metra, Pace Suburban Service, and Pace ADA Paratransit. Total system ridership decreased more than 3% in 2016, with ridership declines noted across all modes.

  • CTA 2016 system ridership of 496.6 million annual passenger trips was 3.4% lower compared to 2015, with bus ridership decreasing 5.2% and rail ridership decreasing 1.3%. 2016 marks the first time since 2007 that CTA system ridership has fallen below 500 million.
  • Metra ridership declined 1.6% in 2016 to 80.3 million passenger trips.
  • Pace Suburban Service recorded ridership losses in 2016, declining 5.9% to 31.2 million annual passenger trips, with decreases reported for each mode (fixed-route, dial-a-ride, and vanpool). This was the third consecutive year of ridership decline reported by Pace.
  • Pace ADA Paratransit recorded a 1.3% ridership decrease in 2016 with annual ridership falling to 4.1 million passenger trips.

2015 Ridership Report

2014 Ridership Report

2013 Ridership Report

2012 Ridership Report