Saturday, March 13, 2010

Despite cuts, CTA ridership holds steady

By ctabusphotographer on Flickr
This article ran on Chicago Current on March 10th:
Despite service cuts started on Feb. 7, ridership fell just 1.3 percent in February when compared to the same month in 2009, CTA President Richard Rodriguez told the board today.

The February cuts reduced total bus service by 18 percent, and rail service by half that amount. In all, CTA officials said the system provided 39.5 million rides during February of this year.

Officials said the small drop in ridership means commuters have been coping with the transit system’s realities, dealing with reduced service rather than fleeing the transit system.

An interesting point is that bus traffic was down 4 percent from 2009, while rail traffic increased 3 percent, perhaps indicating that riders have switched to the mode of transit affected less by the cuts.

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