Clark, Sheridan, Broadway buses show big "reliability improvements"
The biggest surprise for me in Ron's President Report to the CTA board at the December meeting is that the 22 Clark, 151 Sheridan and 36 Broadway buses showed double-digit increases in "reliability improvement" this year.
So what does that mean? According to the CTA, "Improved reliability is measured by the increase in consistency of the route. The #22 route has significantly improved in regard to gaps in service."
I probed further about this, and here's how a CTA spokesperson explained it:
"The #22 has been increasing the entire year. There are three factors leading to the #22's growth: 1) reliability has improved by almost 50%. While the route still has challenges in maintaining good reliability, it is one of our most improved routes; 2) Service-level constraints on the nearby rail lines due to three-track operation made Clark Street a more competitive alternative to the Red, Brown or Purple Lines, particularly in the Lincoln Park, Gold Coast and near North sections of the route's service area; and 3) by traversing a service area with already congested parking and low-auto ownership, a street like Clark Street is more likely to pick-up new riders as gas-prices increased.
The titles, "reliability improvement" means the route had improvements made to its reliability; "service improvement" means the route was injected with more frequent service, or increased hours of service and "3-Track" means the service is thought to be beneficially impacted by the 3-Track rail project.