Regional Travel Trends

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Regional Travel Trends

In its lead-up to ON TO 2050, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) published seven Snapshot Reports that offer brief, data-driven summaries of regional trends and current conditions in areas including demographic change, the regional economy, natural resources, and more.

The ON TO 2050 Travel Trends snapshot examines data on existing and emerging travel behavior patterns in the region regarding mode share, vehicle use, travel time, and commuting patterns, highlighting the most significant findings that will inform the development of ON TO 2050.

 While getting to and from work is only one part of the region’s daily travel, commutes strongly influence the region’s transportation system. This analysis is an important part of understanding Chicago area travel trends and defining the transportation system’s overall capacity needs. One part of the report looks at “a day in the life” of the region’s transportation system. This includes commutes to work and school, as well as other trips. Click through the interactive graph to see how each type impacts the overall regional transportation system.

According to CMAP’s Community Data Snapshot for the village, 84.4 of Schaumburg residents commute by driving alone compared to 72.6 percent of commuters who drive alone in the CMAP region. Read the Travel Trends Snapshot to learn more about what factors influence commute choices, what commute flows between suburban counties and into the City of Chicago look like, and to find out more about emerging modes of travel in the region, such as bike and ride share.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is the comprehensive planning organization for the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. The agency and its partners are developing ON TO 2050, a new comprehensive regional plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality of life issues. See for more information.

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