Our Transit System Continues To Perform Well According to Peer Reports
March 7, 2019
Do you ever wonder how the Chicago regional transit agencies perform in comparison to other large cities in America? According to the 2017 Regional Peer Review and 2017 Sub-Regional Peer Review, our transit agencies maintained their high marks in comparison to their peers. The reports are based on the most recent data (2017) submitted by the Service Boards to the Federal Transit Administration’s National Transit Database (NTD).
The Regional Peer Review examines the primary transit agencies that serve the ten largest US metropolitan areas. Of these ten, Chicago is the third largest. Overall, the Chicago region is a strong performer, ranking in the top half for 14 out of 16 performance measures and in the top three for nine of them.
That said, our region’s capital expenditures per resident is in the lower half of our peer group and capital expenditures overall are significantly less than New York and Los Angeles. This is largely due to the State not passing a capital bill to fund infrastructure in a decade!
The Sub-Regional Peer Review analyzes each service mode separately (urban and suburban bus, heavy rail, commuter rail, and ADA Paratransit), comparing our region’s service provider’s performance to five comparable peers. CTA, Metra, and Pace continue to show strong performance in measures of service coverage, efficiency and effectiveness.
Here are some highlights for each transit agency:
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