Published in April 2022, the latest Regional Report Card found that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant and negative impact on nearly every performance measure and will likely continue to affect transit performance for years to come. The report, which looks at data submitted to the FTA’s National Transit Database, found that ridership in our region, which had declined for seven consecutive years before the pandemic, dropped dramatically in 2020. Annual Systemwide ridership for 2020 totaled 230.9 million, a 58 percent decrease from 2019.
In better news, capital investment saw a positive shift following the passage of Rebuild Illinois, a 2019 capital construction bill that allowed new funding streams to pay for transit investment. Regionally, capital expenditures in 2020 increased 19 percent to $900 million, the highest level since 2013.
Read more in the Regional Report Card and Sub-Regional Report and find archived reports in the RTAMS Digital Document Library.