CHICAGO (CBS) — Buses remained the most popular option for public transit users in Chicago last year, although rail ridership set a new record for the CTA.
The Chicago Transit Authority said ridership on the ‘L’ has broken a record, as more people took trips on CTA trains last year than any year since the agency started tracking ridership in 1961.
More than 238 million trips were taken on CTA trains last year, 7 million more than the previous record for rail ridership set in 2012.
Buses remained the most popular option for CTA riders, with a total of 276 million bus rides, though bus ridership was down about 8 percent.
Overall ridership on the CTA was down by about 3 percent in 2014, with approximately 514.5 million rides on CTA buses and trains.
The CTA said it’s the 7th year in a row total rides exceeded the half-billion mark.