Eight rail stations in Phase 1 of digital sign rollout; ridership up 5.4% in 2008
After a little poking around on the CTA Web site, I found CTA President Ron Huberman's report to the board for January. So here are details from some of the news out of the meeting.
Eight more rail stations to get digital signs. I reported last week about the Red Line 47th Street station testing out the new digital signs displaying arrival train times and advertising. That pilot test is over and now we move into Phase 1 with sign being installed at these eight stations: 18th Street (Pink); 79th/Dan Ryan (Red – Southbound); 35th/IIT (Green – Southbound); Sox 35th/Dan Ryan (Red – Southbound); Roosevelt (Orange/Green); Addison (Red – Northbound); Davis (Purple); Howard (Red/Yellow/Purple). The signs will be installed within the next month.
Total ridership up 5.4%. The CTA system boasted 526.4 million rides in 2008, a 5.4% increase over 2007. Bus rides were up 6.1% (18.9 million rides) for a total of 328.2 million. Rail rides increased 4.1% (7.9 million) for a total of 198.2 million rides.
Top 10 bus routes for ridership gains. Here are the bus routes that showed the biggest gains in ridership in 2008.
Rail lines increase in ridership. Here are the rider increases the rail lines saw in 2008.
Last week when I reported the percentage increase/decrease in these performance metrics, many of you wanted to see the actual figures backing up the percentages. They are here in Ron's report. Such doubters you are! ;-)
I did the math on all the metrics and of course it matches what the CTA reports. More details on these later this week.
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