Facts and usage statistics about public transit in Chicago, United States

Commute patterns by Chicago 'L', Train & Bus in Chicago - Statistics, Analytics and Usage Data

The Moovit Public Transit Index helps anyone discover how people in Chicago get around each day with public transit compared to other cities. Below you will find the average commute and wait time for riders, the distance people travel to get to work with public transit and the average distance people in Chicago walk each day. See which Chicago 'L', Train & Bus and stations are most popular in Chicago, and more!

Chicago has 3 transit type(s), including: Chicago 'L', Train & Bus, operated by several transit agencies, including CTA 'L', Metra, CTA & PACE

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In Chicago, the average amount of time people spend riding public transit is 57 min. Over 58% of those riders spend more than 2 hours on public transportation every day.
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How long do people usually wait at a stop or station in Chicago each day? Commuters wait on average 15 min, but over 44% wait longer than 20 minutes.
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The average distance people ride in a single trip within Chicago is 5.22 mi. Yet 47% of riders travel over 12 km in a single direction.
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The percentage of public transit riders who transfer lines at least once in Chicago is 24%. On average, 43% of riders transfer at least twice during a single trip.
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Did you know that in Chicago, the average distance people walk to work or home is 0.43 mi? Approximately, 21% walk more than 1 km to reach their destination.

Commute Time in Chicago

How long do people usually commute in Chicago by public transit everyday?

The average amount of time people in Chicago spend commuting with public transit, for example to and from work, on a weekday is 57 min.

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How many people have a long commute every day with public transit in Chicago, United States?

The percentage of transit riders in Chicago who ride public transit, including Chicago 'L', Train & Bus for more than 2 hours every day is 58%.

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Waiting Time in Chicago

How long do people usually wait at a station in Chicago every day?

The average amount of time people in Chicago wait at a stop or station for their Chicago 'L', Train & Bus line on a weekday is 15 min.

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How many people in Chicago usually wait a long time at a transit station?

The percentage of people in Chicago who wait for over 20 minutes on average for their transit line every day, for example to and from work is 44%.

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Trip Distance in Chicago

How far do people usually commute each way with public transit in Chicago?

The average distance people in Chicago usually ride in a single trip, for example to or from work, with public transit including Chicago 'L', Train & Bus is 5.22 mi.

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How many people have a long commute every day in Chicago?

The percentage of people in Chicago that usually travel for over 7.46 mi in a single direction, for example to or from work, each day with public transit is 47%.

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Number of Transfers in Chicago

How many people perform single line trips in Chicago?

The percentage of people in Chicago who don't need to transfer during an average commute trip (one way) is 24%.

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Walking Distance in Chicago

How far do people usually walk per trip in Chicago?

The average distance people in Chicago walk every day in one direction, for example on their way home or to work is 5.22 mi.

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How many people walk for more than 0.62 mi in Chicago?

The percentage of people in Chicago who walk for over 0.62 mi each day to reach a specific destination, for example to or from work is 47%.

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Most popular Bus lines

  • 290 - Touhy Avenue
  • 4 - Cottage Grove
  • 63 - 63rd

Most popular Bus stations

  • Jefferson Park Transit Center
  • 95th/Dan Ryan
  • Midway Orange Line Station

Most popular Chicago 'L' lines

  • RED LINE
  • BLUE LINE
  • GREEN LINE

Most popular Chicago 'L' stations

  • Clark/Lake
  • Howard
  • Roosevelt

Most popular Bus lines

  • 290 - Touhy Avenue
  • 4 - Cottage Grove
  • 63 - 63rd

Most popular Bus stations

  • Jefferson Park Transit Center
  • 95th/Dan Ryan
  • Midway Orange Line Station

Most popular Chicago 'L' lines

  • RED LINE
  • BLUE LINE
  • GREEN LINE

Most popular Chicago 'L' stations

  • Clark/Lake
  • Howard
  • Roosevelt

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