Today’s Headlines for Thursday, December 4

  • CTA Approves Budget With 25-Cent Fare Hike, Civic Federation Disapproves (Tribune)
  • Ald. Moreno Proposes Pilot of Free-Floating Car-Share Service Car2Go (Active Trans)
  • Tribune: Metra CEO Don Orseno’s Tenure Was Scandal-Free, James Derwinski Starts 1/1
  • Driver Fatally Struck Man, 52, Crossing Randall Road in Elgin
  • Illinois Police Will Test New Device for Identifying Drugged Drivers (BND)
  • Metra BNSF Trains Canceled, Thousands Left in Out in the Cold (ABC)
  • Ex-DNAinfo Reporters Look at the Blue Line’s Explosive Ridership Growth (Chicago Mag)
  • CBS Checks Out Elevated Chicago’s Efforts to Promote Equitable TOD
  • A Tale of 2 Cities: CTA is Adding Elevators for Wheelchair Access, NYC’s MTA Isn’t (Transit Center)
  • A Rundown of Suburban Holiday Trains (One Bad Mom)

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  • david vartanoff

    Increasing ridership on the Blue line, YAY!!! Now, it is time for CTA to run more trains per hour as they did in the 50s, and to extend platforms to accommodate 10 car trains.

  • planetshwoop

    I just generated a quick chart from the CTA data. I looked at the ridership from the CTA route 56 for the same period – It’s down from ~400k monthly rides to ~200k a month. Of course, you’d have to dig into specific stops, break it out by day of week, etc. etc. But an almost 50% decline means some of those people have probably switched mode.

    So sure, maybe TOD is an impact. But I think the bus is there too.

  • Jeremy

    Or, the people that were taking the bus for one or two miles have moved out of the area and were replaced by people who are taking the train to downtown. Were people taking the 56 from north of Armitage to downtown?

  • Carter O’Brien

    Would also need to know if the 56 had service hours cut or frequency reduced. It’s plausible that some Blue Line riders temporarily switched to the bus during the track repair work a few years back, but this is a very large shift worthy of more investigation.

  • Anne A

    The bus DID have a significant reduction in service hours. It ends much earlier now.

  • Carter O’Brien

    And there’s your textbook example of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

  • Anne A

    Bingo! I also have to wonder how much construction along Milwaukee has affected bus ridership. That bus was already super slow going through Wicker Park/Bucktown/Logan Sq. without adding lane reductions into the mix.

  • Kevin M

    And to add additional entrances/exits to the California and Belmont stations.