RTA Regional Ridership Trends
Using data from the National Transit Database (NTD), we can see regional ridership results for each year over a 15-year period.
First quarter ridership for 2019 was the lowest ridership of the 15 years shown. The 129.8 million trips taken was 8.4% lower compared to 2005, a difference of 12 million trips.
Compared to 2018, ridership for 2019 was 4.8% lower, a difference of 6.5 million trips.
1st Quarter Modal Ridership vs Peers
This chart shows RTA system ridership through March by mode, represented by the blue bars. The orange dot within each bar represents the peer average ridership performance for that mode. Our Service Boards’ performance was unfavorable to the peer average for each mode.
1st Quarter Peer Region Ridership
This chart shows year-over-year regional ridership, using the same peer metropolitan areas that we use in our annual Peer Review.
The Chicago region ranks ninth of the ten regions, with a 4.8% ridership decrease versus the average regional peer ridership loss of 1.5%.
1st Quarter Regional Performance