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Expressway and Tollway Performance

Quarterly Congestion Report

The quarterly congestion report (QCR) provides a snapshot of highway traffic congestion on the region's expressways and tollways. The report uses consistent, user-oriented measures to allow comparing congestion at one location against another. The report also identifies trends by comparing with previous quarters. Currently, the quarterly report tracks congestion measures only, but will expand later to include metrics related to freight, incident, and construction activity.

2016 Quarter 4

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Highway Congestion and Crash Scans

As part of CMAP's Congestion Management Process, select performance measures for the regional freeways have been created from five minute speed data obtained from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and These performance measures include congestion scans, travel time index, planning time index, and congested hours.

The Chicago region traffic congestion scans were created by averaging five minute speed data obtained from freeway loop detectors, radar detectors, and mobile technology data. The traffic scans display average speed on a freeway corridor as a function of time of day (the x-axis) and location (the y-axis) along a freeway corridor.

Crash scans show the rate of total highway crashes per 100 million vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) for 1/10 mile segments.  The purpose of these crash scans is to show highway planners and system managers how crashes are related to congestion.  Understanding where crashes are concentrated can help planners and engineers focus on improving those locations with the worst performance.  Solutions may involve safety improvements, but are just as likely to involve traffic operations or highway geometry improvements.

The travel time index is a measure of average congestion and indicates the average extra travel time required during peak period congestion. Travel time index is a ratio of the average peak-period travel time compared to the free-flow travel time. For example, a value of 1.20 means that average peak travel times are 20 percent longer than free-flow travel times.

The planning time index is a measure of reliability and is defined as the ratio of the total time needed to ensure a 95 percent on-time arrival to the free-flow travel time. For example, a value of 1.4 means that, to arrive on-time 95 percent of the time, a traveler should budget an additional eight minutes for a trip that takes 20 minutes during off-peak, free-flow conditions.

Congested hours are an indication of how many hours per day a facility is congested. Technically, "congested hours" are defined as the average number of hours in which at least 20 percent of the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) on the instrumented segment is congested. For this measure, congestion is defined to occur when link speeds are less than 50 mph.

Data provided by IDOT, Illinois Tollway, and HERE. CMAP's Todd Schmidt created the performance measures.

Freeway Segments

Elgin-O'Hare Expressway (US 20 to IL-53)
I-55 Stevenson Expressway (Lakeshore Drive to I-294)
I-55 (I-294 to Veterans Parkway)
I-55 (Veterans Parkway to I-80)
I-55 (I-80 to Grundy County Line)
I-57 (I-94 to I-80)
I-57 (I-80 to Monee Road)
I-57 (Monee Road to Kankakee County Line)
I-80 (Kane County Line to Richards Street)
I-80 (Richards Street to US 45)
I-80 (US 45 to I-294)
I-80/94, Kingery Expressay (I-294 to Indiana State Line) 
I-88 Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-294 to Mitchell Road)
I-88 Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-355 to I-294)
I-88 Reagan Memorial Tollway (Mitchell Road to I-355)
I-88 Reagan Memorial Tollway (DeKalb County Line to Mitchell Road)
I-90/94 Dan Ryan Expressway (Local Lanes I-290 to I-90 Skyway)
I-90/94 Dan Ryan Expressway (Express Lanes I-90 Skyway to I-55)
I-90/94 Kennedy Expressway (I-94 Edens Split to I-290)
I-90/94 Kennedy Expressway (Reversible Lanes Montrose Avenue to Ogden Avenue)
I-90 Kennedy Expressway (I-190 to I-94 Edens Split)
I-90 Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-294 to Elgin Avenue)
I-90 Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-290/IL-53 to I-294)
I-90 Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (IL-31 to I-290/IL-53)
I-90 Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (IL 31 to County Line Road, McHenry County)
I-94 Bishop Ford Freeway (I-80/I-294 to I-57)
I-94 Dan Ryan Expressway (I-57 to I-90 Skyway)
I-94 Edens Expressway (Edens Spur to I-90)
I-94 Edens Spur (I-294 to I-94/US 41 Edens Expressway)
I-94/I-294 Tri-State Tollway (Half Day Road to I-90)
I-94/I-294 Tri-State Tollway (IL-173 to IL-60)
I-190 (Chicago O'Hare International Airport to I-90)
I-290 Eisenhower Expressway (Wolf Road to Halsted Street)
I-290 Eisenhower Extension (I-90/Jane Addams Tollway to  I-294)
I-290 (Wolf Road to I-355/IL-53)
I-290 (I-355/IL-53 to I-90/IL-53)
I-294 Tri-State Tollway (I-55 to I-94/Bishop Ford Freeway)
I-294 Tri-State Tollway (I-90 to I-55)
I-355 Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-55 to I-80)
I-355 Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-88 to I-55)
I-355 Veterans Memorial Tollway (IL-64/North Avenue to I-88)
IL-53 (Lake-Cook Road to I-290/I-90)
IL-394 (I-80 to US 30)
US 41 Lake Shore Drive (Hollywood Avenue to Jackson Boulevard)
US 41 Lake Shore Drive (Roosevelt Road to Marquette Drive)



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