Metra provided nearly 82.3 million rides in 2013, which is 0.9% favorable to the budgeted forecast of 81.5 million rides. When compared to 2012, 2013 experienced a 1.2% increase in ridership. The year 2013 featured a series of events that impacted commuter rail ridership (negatively and positively) in the six-county Northeastern Illinois region, including relatively stable gas prices and modest increase in employment and office occupancy. Other major factors included special events in downtown Chicago, including the Blackhawks Stanley Cup Parade and Rally, the completion of area roadway construction projects, weather, and the change to Metra’s ten-ride ticket policy. This report identifies the recent trends in commuter rail ridership in the region and the underlying influences behind Metra ridership for 2013.
The 82.3 million passenger trips reported in 2013 is 1.2% higher compared to 2012, and is the fifth highest ridership in Metra’s history. Since reaching a low of 56.5 million passenger trips in 1983, the year prior to Metra’s first year of existence, commuter rail ridership has increased by 46%, averaging 1.5% growth per year. The following chart shows reported annual system ridership (including free rides) from 1983 through 2013.
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