Table 1-9: Characteristics of Rail Transit in Illinois: 2000

Table 1-9: Characteristics of Rail Transit in Illinois: 2000

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Transit agency Directional route-miles Miles of track Number of crossings Number of stations Number of ADA accessible stations
Heavy rail          
Chicago Transit Authority 206.3 287.8 25 142 54
Commuter rail          
Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Rail Corporation (Metra) (Chicago)2 940.4 1,144.0 512 227 115
Light Rail          
Bi-State Development Agency (MetroLink) (St. Louis)3 34.0 36.2 12 18 18

1 Not listed here is the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD). NICTD provides commuter rail service between South Bend, Indiana and Chicago, Illinois.

2 Parts of the system detailed here serve Wisconsin.

3 Parts of the system detailed here serve Missouri.

KEY: ADA = Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

NOTE: Directional route-miles is the mileage in each direction over which public transportation vehicles travel while in revenue service. Directional route-miles are a measure of the facility or roadway, not the service carried on the facility such as the number of routes or vehicle-miles. Directional route-miles are computed with regard to direction of service, but without regard to the number of traffic lanes or rail tracks existing in the right-of-way.

SOURCE: American Public Transportation Association, Public Transportation Fact Book, 2001. Washington, DC: 2001, available at http://www.apta.com/stats/ as of June 27, 2002.