The RTA conducts analysis of the performance of our region relative to peer transit regions and operators through two reports: the Regional Peer Review and Sub-Regional Peer Review. The reports are based on data published by the Federal Transit Administration’s National Transit Database (NTD).

The 2016 Regional Peer Review reports the performance of the primary transit providers for each of the top ten U.S. metropolitan statistical areas, with the Chicago region reported as an aggregation of data for CTA, Metra, and Pace.

The 2016 Sub-Regional Peer Review provides performance results at the individual mode level—urban bus, heavy rail, commuter rail, suburban bus, vanpool, and ADA Paratransit—comparing performance of each individual mode to five similar peers.

The reports found that:

  • The Chicago area’s mass transit system performs well, ranking in the top half for 14 of 16 measures and in the top 3 for 7 of them;
  • In 2016, the Chicago region moved up one rank position to second for the annual number of passenger trips taken, or ridership;
  • The Chicago region has maintained the lowest operating cost per passenger mile for the sixth consecutive year, indicative of continued service efficiency.
For Regional and Sub-Regional Peer Reports by Year, Click Below
2016 Regional Peer Review 2015 Regional Peer Review 2014 Regional Peer Review
2016 Sub-Regional Peer Review 2015 Sub-Regional Peer Review 2014 Sub-Regional Peer Review

Archived Reports