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More Chicagoans Are Snubbing Their Cars for CTA, Cycling

By Sarah Gouda in News on Sep 16, 2016 6:38PM

Photo credit: Don Harder

New U.S. Census data shows that more Chicagoans are using public transit for their commuters today versus 10 years ago—and now less than half are using their cars. City planner and former Metropolitan Planning Council project manager Yonah Freemark crunched and then broke down the data yesterday:

The table illustrates the changing number of commuters taking public transportation to work, with public transit ridership increasing by 3% to 28.3%. As Curbed points out, "A three percent change may not seem like much, but this growth is significantly higher than many other major cities. The only city listed in the chart that has a bigger growth is Seattle. And another thing to keep in mind is that Chicago is not just a major city, it’s the country’s third largest city, so even a small percentage change means thousands of people."

The number of Chicago commuters driving to work alone in their cars decreased from 53.4% in 2005 to 49.5% in 2015—a good sign for decreasing traffic congestion and pollution. Sadly, this doesn't mean that drivers will stop dooring cyclists.