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 2015 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 2015 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:

  • Chicago-area transit ranked in the top half of the peer group for fourteen of the sixteen measures reviewed and ranked in the top three for eight measures; 
  • In 2015, passenger miles traveled exceeded 4 billion for the 5th consecutive year;
  • Chicago retained its top-ranked position for operating cost per passenger mile for the fifth consecutive year; and
  • The Chicago region gained three rank positions for the performance measure miles between major mechanical failures, improving 33% compared to 2014 and returning to first-place rank for this metric, which it had held 2009-2012.

2015 Regional Peer Review

2015 Sub-Regional Peer Review

2014 Regional Peer Review

2014 Sub-Regional Peer Review

Archived Reports