Last week, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) released Transit Trends, a report which shows how shifting demand and aging infrastructure strain resources and contribute to system congestion and delays. The report is also featured in CMAP’s Friday afternoon Weekly Update today, which we encourage you to add to your reading list if you don’t receive it already.
This report supports many of the ideas the RTA advances, not the least of which is that transit is a critical element of a well-functioning regional transportation network. CMAP’s GO TO 2040 sets an ambitious target of doubling weekday transit trips in the region from 2 million in 2010 to 4 million in 2040. To meet this goal, the Chicago region must increase ridership by 2.3% per year. Transit Trends takes a close look at some of the challenges the region faces in achieving that goal, such as lower-than-projected population growth, reduced transit service levels, and minimal supportive land use changes.
We encourage you to take some time and read the report. Have a great weekend and Ride On.