Regional and Sub-Regional Reports

2018 Regional Report Card and Sub-Regional Report Results

Every year, the RTA prepares four performance measure reports.  The Regional Report Card and Sub-Regional Report focus on the performance of CTA, Metra, and Pace over a five-year time period.  The current reports are for the year 2018 and are based on data submitted to the Federal Transit Administration’s National Transit Database (NTD), which was published in December 2019.  The Regional Report Card aggregates the data from the Service Boards for the purpose of providing a description of overall transit throughout the RTA system.  The Sub-Regional Report examines each transit mode separately.     

Key takeaways from the reports:

  • The RTA system continues to offer increased service to its riders: CTA bus and rail, Metra, Pace bus, and ADA Paratransit all reported gains to vehicle hours over the past five years.
  • System ridership was down for the sixth consecutive year; each mode reported ridership losses for 2018 for a net decrease of 2.5% from 2017. CTA ridership was down 2.4%, Metra 3.0%, Pace Suburban Service 3.7%, and ADA Paratransit ridership was down 1.5%. Overall annual system ridership of 570.8 million was the lowest reported ridership of the past 15 years.
  • Capital investment continued to be significantly and negatively impacted by the lack of state funding and growing capital needs of the region; 2018 capital expenditure of $690.8 million was less than one-fifth what is needed annually to bring the system to a state of good repair within the next ten years.
For Full Regional and Sub-Regional Reports by Year, Click Below
2018 Regional Report Card 2017 Regional Report Card 2016 Regional Report Card
2018 Sub-Regional Report 2017 Sub-Regional Report 2016 Sub-Regional Report

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