Survey seeks input on RTA transit recovery scenario planning
August 28, 2020
The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on regional transit have been profound. The public health crisis has reduced ridership, led to service changes, and placed significant strain on the public and system generated revenues that fund transit operations in Northeastern Illinois.
In response to the crisis, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) initiated a scenario planning project to look out 1-2 years into the future. The purpose is not to predict the future – many factors are far beyond transit’s control – but to analyze multiple possible futures and test the regional transit strategic plan, Invest in Transit, goals and strategies.
A survey, available online now, is an opportunity to gain needed input from regional stakeholders. While much about the future is unknown, the RTA firmly believes the region is strongest when we coordinate and cooperate together, toward regional goals.
The RTA assembled an internal working group to articulate possible future scenarios. Each scenario looks at three broad factors below in comparison to 2019. Using analysis tools, public and system revenues are projected for annual operations for each scenario in comparison to 2019 baseline.
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