ADA Paratransit innovations serve riders and regional goals
Among other staff presentations at its May 20 meeting, the RTA Board heard about the quarterly progress report on implementation of the Invest in Transit strategic regional plan. In case you missed it, the RTA Board meeting video is on YouTube. A new Connections blog post describes how RTA and Pace-supported projects and programs in the area of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Paratransit services are helping achieve the goals of, and implement, Invest in Transit. Several of these programs needed to adapt during the pandemic, but have continued providing service to riders who rely on public transportation as a civil right.
CTA begins "When You’re Ready, We’re Ready" campaign
The CTA has launched a campaign "to welcome riders back to public transit" by promoting its affordability and convenience, in addition to highlighting the agency's continued efforts to ensure cleanliness and safety.
The "When You’re Ready, We’re Ready" campaign features new signage and ads in rail stations and vehicles, along with other engagement via social media, customer incentives, special events, and advertising. In conjunction with this effort, the CTA also announced a "Refresh and Renew" program of extensive facility enhancements, with the target of improving nearly 90 percent of rail stations by the end of 2021.
Metra resumes full Saturday service
On another positive note as riders return to transit, Metra has announced resumption of its full schedule of Saturday services. According to the agency press release, pre-pandemic levels will recommence effective Saturday, May 29, on the BNSF, Milwaukee District North, Milwaukee District West, Rock Island, Union Pacific North, Union Pacific Northwest and Union Pacific West lines. For all current schedules, please see the Metra website.
RTA COVID Transit Dashboard
The dashboard has been updated with weekday ridership by mode for the week of May 3. Farebox revenue through March 2021 shows improvement over the prior two months. Ridership as of April 21 was down 69 percent compared to March 2020, and sales tax revenue through February 2021 is 1.8 percent higher than February 2020.
RTA Executive Director