ON TO 2050 calls on the Chicago region to take bold steps toward a well-integrated, multimodal transportation system that seamlessly moves people and goods. A reliable and accessible transit system is central to realizing that goal. Yet new data from the Federal Transit Administration show that regional and national ridership declined again in 2017 from 2012, when the region's ridership peaked. This decline occurred even as the amount of service available to riders increased.
A new CMAP Policy Update analyzes regional and national ridership statistics and explores strategies based on the ON TO 2050 recommendations to make transit more competitive and fully fund the region's transportation system. Reversing recent trends in ridership -- and better yet, making transit a more attractive and viable option for all riders -- will require a renewed commitment to consistent and dedicated transit funding.