American colleges and universities are leaders when it comes to creating new transportation models designed to reduce driving, according to a new report released by the Illinois Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund.
But while it may be easier getting around various college campuses in Illinois without a car, that is not necessarily the case in other areas of the state, shows a seperate report submitted to the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force.
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.