Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Infographic: CTA Revenues and Costs

Grid Chicago pointed me at a couple interesting graphics put out by the Center for Neighborhood Technology showing where Chicago transit revenues come from and fares go. These are fairly standard style charts, but fun and informative.

Financing the CTA:

Where fares go:

Topics: Transportation
Cities: Chicago

3 Responses to “Infographic: CTA Revenues and Costs”

  1. david vartanoff says:

    The figuresdon’t tell me much. For instance labor, does it include–health care plans, pension contrib, FICA, workers comp, scheduled salary, OT, etc. And does it include maintenance workers? office workers? station agents? Otherwise we don’t get a useful picture.
    Also is the electricity figure rail power?, does it include shops/barns energy use? offices?
    Does maintenance count shop personnel? or only spare parts?

  2. Steven Vance says:

    David, you can find answers to many of your questions in the CTA’s budget book.

    Infographics can only communicate so much information while retaining the viewer’s attention and without confusing or distracting them from the “takeaway”.

  3. Drew Ford says:

    I think David’s point is that there is no “takeaway” from this infographic. And I would tend to agree with David. When considering any other type of service, labor as a proportion of operating expense is rarely at 70% of total. Now I’m no expert on operating commuter rail systems, but all it suggests (to me) is that the CTA is doing a lousy job of keeping a lid on payroll. And if labor at 70% of Op Ex is truly the best they can do…they need to rethink the entire business model. Capital investment in robots would be far cheaper.

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