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Data: CTA Ridership, Chlamydia Cases, Event Attendance

By Red Line Project Staff |  @RedLineProject | Posted: Sunday, March 1, 2020

Drop in CTA Ridership in Past Decade

Before 2013, commuters had become accustomed to the fare system of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). A simple plastic Transit card was used to pay the fares for both bus and train transfers. In 2013, CTA and Pace announced it was going to introduce a new electronic fare system called Ventra.

It was considered to be a new convenient way for customers to pay for their train and bus fares. However, according to data from the CTA, the total number of riders slightly declined near the release of the new transit card.

The graphic below showed a major decline from July of 2012 to July of 2013. The possible announcements from the CTA of a new system may have turned away some everyday commuters. However, the CTA regained riders in 2014.

Since 2015, the CTA has reported fewer riders over the years. Possible reasons why may be due to a spike in crimes on CTA trains and buses. Another reason could be due to a big change in the amount of fare for each rider.

CTA increased the fares for both buses and trains at the beginning of January of 2018. The total number of riders has slightly dipped since the 25-cent increase. It has been the first increase in fares since 2009. -- Diego Perez

South, West Side Neighborhoods Have Spike in Chlamydia Cases

Chicago has been known for having clear lines that separate its neighborhoods. This separation tends to lead to disadvantaged communities, that lack the same resources that are made available to others. The neighborhoods that tend to suffer these consequences are usually home to low income, people of color.

In 2014 the Austin neighborhood had 1,298 cases of Chlamydia, versus Forest Glen who only had 13. A common pattern can be seen between the number of reported cases, and the race that populates each neighborhood. According to a community data snapshot released by CMAP; about 80% of Austin’s residents are non-hispanic blacks, 13% are hispanic, and about 4% are white. The also released a report for Forest Glen that said 70.7% of their resident were white, 13.7% were Hispanic, and 1% were black.

The Department of Public Health released a report of Chlamydia rates in Illinois by race and ethnicity. For 2014, they reported that the highest rates were being reported amongst Blacks, followed by others, and then Hispanics. The lowest two races were Asians and whites, as reported in the Epidemiological Summary and Yearly Trends Data for 2007-2016.

This can be seen on a smaller scale through the confirmed cases in Chicago. Neighborhoods that were predominately populated by people of color did have a larger number of cases. Is Chicago doing enough to helps its suffering communities and provide the health services that are needed? -- Joanna Nevarez


Global Unit Sales of Video Game Consoles

Video games console have heavily competed against each other to achieve the most sales in the past 12 years. The most notable rivalry is Sony vs. Xbox and many users try to argue which one is better than the other. However, there are many factors when it comes to deciding which console is “the best.” Console video game exclusives, meaning a video game is “compatible” for only their console, play a major role into deciding which console is the best, excluding the console features.

At the time, Sony released the Playstation 3 and it came with free online internet use, blu-ray player disk, etc. The Xbox 360 did not come with a blue-ray disk player and you had to pay a fee in order to access online multiplayer, but it was still a favorite among many users.

They had better video games exclusives, a better “user-friendly” interface, and had more features like listening to music while simultaneously playing a game, the playstation did not have that. Furthermore, their rivalry was fierce with Playstation selling 2 million units than the Xbox 360 and even then the Xbox 360 was a favorite amongst many.

Their successors, however, tell a different story. In 2018, the Playstation 4 (Playstation 3 successor) a little over 18 million units and the Xbox one (Xbox 360 successor) sold only close to 7 million units. And many agree that the winner of this console era goes to the Playstation 4. Not only because the amount units they sold but also because of the fantastic video game exclusives that they had and better hardware/user interface compared to last years model.

Now, both are preparing for their next console “war” when they both announced of the upcoming console successors. -- Carlos Romero

Pride Parade Attendance Spikes from 2010-2014

Since June of 1970, Chicago hosts a very fun, colorful and meaningful parade every year. It is the Pride Parade. It is held in June because that is when a group of individuals who identified as part of the LGBT community fought against the harassment they faced by the police in New York on June 28, 1969.

This led to the Stonewall Riots. A year later, Chicago along with Los Angeles celebrated the anniversary of the fight for freedom for the LGBT members. The parade is hosted every year on the last weekend of June as a tradition that has gotten well known throughout the years.

Since the parade first came to Chicago the number of people attending has drastically grown. It has changed throughout the years when it first started it was more of a march to make a political statement. However, from 1985- 2014 there was tremendous growth in the number of attendees at Pride. The Pride Parade is still making a statement, however, the attendees go all out and have fun celebrating equality and pride in the LGBT community.

In 2013 Chicago’s Pride Parade attendance has reached 1 million and the same goes for 2014. There was a strong increase in those years because in November 2013 same-sex marriage was legalized in Illinois.

The parade is held in Boystown where Pride is celebrated the whole month of June. The parade is on the last Sunday so it is safe to say that it is a grand finale of the month-long celebration. -- Natasha Petrenko


Cubs Ticket Sales on Downswing Again

Before Spring Training officially begins on Feb. 22 for the Chicago Cubs, as they go up against the Oakland Athletics, it isn’t too late to examine the recent decline in total tickets sold at Wrigley Field.

According to Baseball Reference, attendance at Wrigley Field was at it’s peak back in 2008, when a total of 3,300,200 tickets were sold.

In 2008, most baseball fans believed that was the year the Billy Goat Curse would be broken. So it only makes sense that the attendance at Wrigley Field was at its highest in team history.

Being optimistic that the team would have learned and gained experience through a Division Series loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks the year prior, the Cubs finished the season with a 97-64 record–which gave the team home field advantage in the playoffs.

Team confidence was also at an all-time high due to their loaded pitching staff with players like Carlos Zambrano and Kerry Wood.

The Cubs went on to get swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers and their success only declined from there–along with their ticket sales.

On July 6, 2009, the Ricketts family officially reached an agreement to purchase the Cubs. This was a huge turning point for the franchise but things would get worse before they got better.

In 2013, attendance was at its lowest. With 2,642,682 tickets being sold across 81 home games.

Eventually the investment would pay off for the Ricketts family. Tickets would only increase from there on out.

With the momentous signing of Theo Epstein in 2016. He led the charge in key decisions that would transform the team to a perennial powerhouse. -- Gio Velez

Adderall Use Drops Among Older Teens, Increases for Younger

Adderall is a stimulant drug that is mainly used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Graphic shows teen use over time. Known as a study drug, students have abused it or used it without having ADHD. -- Tom Ackerman

Indiana a Case Study for Unemployment Drop in Obama Era

Since the start of the Great Recession back in December 2007, hundreds of thousands of Americans faced unemployment. The state of Indiana faced a steady rise of unemployment. In June 2009, the unemployment rate reached over 10.9% compared to the previous years.

With the start of Obama’s presidency in January 2009, the unemployment rate began to shift. The unemployment rate dropped significantly between January 2013 and September 2015. The unemployment rate continues to go down from June 2016 onward. -- Ludmila Pesce


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