RTA Board Meeting Highlights: February 21, 2019
March 5, 2019
CHICAGO – The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board of Directors Meeting today included two updates related to the status of the region’s transit system, indicating that a stable, reliable state capital infrastructure program is gravely needed to make strategic improvements for the future.
Peer Performance Reports
RTA staff first provided an update on the Peer Reviews, released each year to compare CTA, Metra and Pace performance to that of public transportation in similar metropolitan regions around the country.
The 2017 evaluates performance among the top ten largest metropolitan regions in the U.S., with Chicago being the third largest. The 2017 examines how each of the Service Boards’ modes of transportation (bus, heavy rail, commuter rail and ADA Paratransit) performs against five similar peer agencies.
Both reports use data from 2017, the most recent figures, submitted to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to ensure consistency and comparability. In these most recent 2017 reports, the Chicago region is a strong performer, ranking in the top half for 14 out of 16 performance measures and in the top three out of nine of them. Compared to its peer regions, Chicago placed in the top four for each measure of coverage. That said, the region’s Capital Expenditures Per Resident is in the lower half of the peer group and Capital Expenditures overall are significantly less than New York and Los Angeles.
In the , each Service Board ranked in the top half of its peer groups for 14 of the 16 measures reviewed and in the top three for nine of those measures. The reports show that the region’s system continues to perform well for measures relating to service coverage, efficiency and effectiveness. In addition, there are agency-specific observations:
The RTA gains useful insights from the peer reports that inform both tactical decision for the agencies as well as strategic direction for the RTA.
Regional Transit Strategic Plan Update
RTA staff then provided an annual report to the Board on progress toward Invest in Transit, the 2018-2023 Regional Transit Strategic Plan adopted by the RTA Board in January 2018. Invest in Transit makes the region’s case for pursuing stable and dedicated funding streams that will enable the Transit Agencies to provide vital public transit into the future. The accompanying document, Invest in Transit Priority Projects, outlines and describes specific capital priorities for CTA, Metra, and Pace that are currently unfunded.
During the February 2019 Board meeting, staff presented on progress made toward the vision and goals of the plan over the last year since the plan was adopted. Highlights include:
In 2019, the Agencies will continue to advocate for capital funding and transit-friendly policies throughout the region. The Annual Report and related documents are available on the .