CTA ridership growth continues, especially on rails and weekends
In his only board meeting as acting president, Dorval Carter last month got to report some good news: CTA ridership continues to grow system-wide. And at President Richard Rodriguez's first meeting this week, the good ridership news continued -- perhaps the only good news at the board meeting.
Overall ridership was up almost 6% in February, and 5% for the year. The biggest increases came on the weekend and at off-peak hours. Some of you folks wondered how there could be a budget deficit with ridership growth. It's very simple. That growth is nowhere near enough to offset the lost sales and real estate tax due to the slumping economy.
Weekend service changes. Check them out here, including Blue and Red Line changes. And, oh yeah, the real St. Patrick's Day Parade shuts down Western Avenue on the Far South Side for much of the day Sunday. There's also the downtown parade Saturday.
Cheers to the Irish!
-- Kevin O'Neil