Regional and Sub-Regional Reports

2017 Regional Report Card and Sub-Regional Report Results

Every year, the RTA prepares four performance measure reports.  The Regional Report Card and Sub-Regional Report focus on the performance of CTA, Metra, and Pace over a five-year time period.  The current reports are for the year 2017 and are based on data submitted to the Federal Transit Administration’s National Transit Database (NTD), which was published in October 2018. The Regional Report Card aggregates the data from the Service Boards for the purpose of providing a description of overall transit throughout the RTA system.  The Sub-Regional Report examines each transit mode separately.    

Key takeaways from the reports:

  • Ridership was down for the fifth consecutive year; CTA and Metra each posted ridership losses while Pace saw ridership gains for fixed-route bus service and ADA Paratransit remained unchanged from 2016.  System-wide, the region’s ridership dropped by 3.3% for the second consecutive year.
  • Significant progress toward fleet modernization was achieved in 2017; the percent of vehicles in service beyond useful life dropped to 20.9%, the lowest percentage since performance reporting began with 2005 data.
  • Capital investment continues to be significantly and negatively impacted by the lack of state funding and growing capital needs of the region; 2017 capital expenditures of $725.6 million was less than one-third what is needed annually to bring the system to a state of good repair within the next twenty years.
For Full Regional and Sub-Regional Reports by Year, Click Below
2017 Regional Report Card 2016 Regional Report Card 2015 Regional Report Card
2017 Sub-Regional Report 2016 Sub-Regional Report 2015 Sub-Regional Report

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