CTA Ridership Was Highest Last Year Since 1991

Riders used the Chicago Transit Authority more heavily in 2011 than at any other time since 1991.

Millions more passenger trips taken on the Blue and Brown Lines helped boost CTA ridership by 3 percent last year, reaching the highest level since 1991, the transit agency said today.

The CTA ridership gain in 2011 over 2010 edged out the 2.3 percent national average increase among U.S. transit systems that was reported this week by the American Public Transportation Association.

The potential exists for ridership to grow even more in 2012, in light of significantly higher gas prices today in the Chicago area compared to last year when the mini-boom in CTA ridership started to take shape.

CTA president Forrest Claypool said early indications point to the ridership increases continuing this year.

The challenge for the transit agency will be to provide safe, reliable service and ease over-crowding during peak commuting hours when almost the entire fleets of buses and trains are in use, he said.

“As we capture more riders, we have to make sure the experience for them is comfortable,” Claypool said.

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