Fewer people in the Chicago "urbanized area" are driving, while more are biking and taking public transportation, a recent report from the Illinois PIRG Education Fund shows.
national study examined the changing transportation trends in America's
100 largest urbanized areas, which are defined as regions larger than a
city but smaller than a metropolitan area.
In the Chicago area, the number of
workers commuting by car declined by 2.1 percent between 2000 and the years between 2007 to 2011, according to the report, which reviewed available data from the Federal
Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration and U.S. Census
Bureau. (The “2007 to 2011” time period is in reference to the data
collected by the 2011 American Community Survey, a five-year survey
covering 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011). Meanwhile, Chicago households
without a car increased by 1.1 percent from 2006 to 2011.
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