A recent change to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) fare structure may be contributing to bus ridership declines.
In 2013, CTA increased the price of one-, three-, seven- and 30-day passes while maintaining the base fare, resulting in fewer people buying multi-day passes. If you’re not riding transit multiple times per day for the full period, it no longer makes economic sense to buy the pass.
Instead, more riders are paying per trip and they are less likely to ride the bus, especially for shorter trips that are easier to replace by walking, biking or taking Uber or Lyft.
To get more people riding the bus, Active Trans and the Back on the Bus Coalition is calling on the CTA to re-evaluate its price structure and look for ways to incentivize the purchase of...