The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s (CMAP) four-part policy brief series explores how the data from the 2019 My Daily Travel survey can help northeastern Illinois better understand everyday travel patterns. The series dives into the characteristics of regional travel, examines disparities in travel behavior, and highlights new and emerging forms of mobility. Explore and learn more about how residents travel in northeastern Illinois.
CMAP's ongoing Mobility Recovery project also examines how travel habits have shifted since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The insights are helping inform a regional mobility strategy that can support an equitable recovery from the pandemic, sustain the transit network, and ease a rebound in congestion. Final recommendations are expected in fall 2022.
How people travel in northeastern Illinois
The first part of the My Daily Travel series provides insight into the questions of when, where, why, and how much people in the region are traveling. It explores the different ways residents move around the northeastern Illinois for work, school, and essential trips like health care appointments.
Read the full analysis: A pre-pandemic snapshot of travel in northeastern Illinois.
Travel patterns in the region change by demographic
The second part of the series investigates disparities in regional travel. It looks at how residents experience northeastern Illinois’ transportation system differently based on age, household income, disability status, and race and ethnicity.
Read the full analysis: The experience of moving around the region varies based on who is traveling.
The effects of telecommuting on travel in the region
The third part of the series examines telecommuting behavior, and what My Daily Travel data says about the future of remote work in northeastern Illinois. It also explores the effect remote work has on peak travel times and trip-making.
Read the full analysis: Pre-COVID telecommuting patterns reveal possible future impacts of remote work.
Ride-hailing and bike-share services were changing regional mobility before the pandemic
Even before the onset of COVID-19, new and emerging forms of mobility were gaining popularity in northeastern Illinois. In the fourth part of the series, CMAP looks at the potential effects these services may have on regional mobility going forward. It examines the rapid growth of ride-hailing services and transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft, as well as the emergence of Divvy and other bike-sharing systems.
Read the full analysis: Changes in mobility were underway even before COVID-19.