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Freight Data & Resources

This page is a collection of multimodal freight data and analysis for northeastern Illinois. 

Visualizations Explore the Metropolitan Chicago Transportation Network

Interactive mobility visualizations allow users to explore data on metropolitan Chicago's transportation system, including road, transit, and freight networks, which drive our regional economy.

Freight Performance

Animations of Truck Travel Speeds, I-90, April - October 2011, by Milepost and Time of Day.  The following videos show truck travel speeds by milepost, time of day, and day of week on the Kennedy Expressway, Dan Ryan Expressway, Chicago Skyway, and part of the Jane Addams Expressway. The data was collected by the American Transportation Research Institute using on-board instruments on trucks traveling on I-90 in Illinois, and was analyzed by CMAP to prepare the following animated maps:

Sundays (avi video, 56 MB)
Mondays (avi video, 56 MB)
Tuesdays - Thursdays (avi video, 57 MB)
Fridays (avi video, 61 MB)
Saturdays (avi video, 56 MB)

Comparing the videos shows the variability in travel speed by the day of the week. Travel speeds for trucks on I-90 are the slowest on Friday afternoons.


Illinois Maximum Legal Dimensions and Weights (pdf from IDOT web site, revised October 2010)

Transit Performance

Much of the Amtrak and commuter rail passenger service in the region (with the notable exception of Metra's south suburban Electric services) are on shared rails with the freight system, resulting in conflicts and delays for both the freight and passenger rail systems. The charts below show passenger rail on-time performance by service over the past several years.

Metra On-time Performance, Annual, 2002-2009
Chart: North- and Northwest-Oriented Services (pdf, 0.2 MB)
Chart: West-Oriented Services (pdf, 0.2 MB)
Chart: South- and Southwest-Oriented Services (pdf, 0.2 MB)

Amtrak On-Time Performance, Chicago-Oriented Services, 12-Month Moving Averages, Periods Ending January 2008-February 2010
Chart: Eastern Long-Distance Services (pdf, 0.3 MB)
Chart: Western Long-Distance Services (pdf, 0.3 MB)
Chart: Short-Distance Services (pdf, 0.3 MB)

Planning Recommendations 2010

The report below was compiled in support of the development of the GO TO 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan.  Many of the recommendations in the report were adopted in GO TO 2040, but the report is not adopted as a policy document.  Nonetheless, the report contains valuable information and insight into the multi-modal freight system in the Chicago region.

Freight System Planning Recommendations (pdf, 14MB)

Appendices (pfd, 6MB)

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