March 31, 2021

As our state and nation continue responding to the pandemic, public transit remains an essential service, responsible for transporting health care employees, emergency responders, and retail workers to jobs throughout the region. The RTA remains committed to keeping elected officials and stakeholders up to date about COVID-19 impacts on transit and the region’s response. Visit the RTA COVID Recovery web page for more information, and please encourage others to subscribe.

RTA launches improved COVID Dashboard

Since early in this pandemic, the RTA COVID Transit Dashboard at has tracked ridership and revenue trends. Now, among other new enhancements, the dashboard includes insights about average weekday ridership by mode in actual numbers, percent ridership change from pre-pandemic levels, monthly farebox revenue and sales tax revenue compared to the previous year, and other metrics. All data from the dashboard can be downloaded from RTAMS (Regional Transportation Authority Mapping and Statistics). For the latest details about service changes, please visit the individual CTA, Metra, and Pace websites.

COVID Recovery web page

The RTA maintains a COVID Recovery page to keep stakeholders apprised of ongoing efforts to support the regional transit system during the pandemic. The latest additions summarize results from the RTA Board’s meeting on March 18, when funds from the second round of federal COVID relief were allocated across the CTA, Metra, and Pace. The page also describes COVID-related adjustments to RTA Reduced Fare and Ride Free Programs for seniors and persons with disabilities. 

Federal infrastructure discussions gain momentum

Following today's Biden administration announcement of its "American Jobs Plan," a $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, discussions in Congress will center on how to fund the investments in transportation and other infrastructure. NPR and the New York Times summarized what is in the proposal. Due to its benefits for the economy, environment, and quality of life, transit should be a significant priority in any eventual federal infrastructure program. In part to shape that debate, this week the U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) published "Transform Transportation," a report advocating healthier mobility options, including transit.

Reminders: RTA call for projects and public comment period

Applications for the Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program are due by April 22, 2021. The RTA administers Section 5310 funds to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation service and expanding transportation mobility options. For help with the application, please contact Fluturi Demirovski (312-913-3239 or 

Also, through this Friday, April 2, the public may comment via email to on recommended projects for the 2021 Community Planning program. Final project selections will be announced at the RTA Board's April 15 meeting. 

Thank you,

Leanne Redden
RTA Executive Director
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