Jul 26, 2014

Do You Carpool?: Majority of Elmhurst Commuters Do Not Carpool

In 2011, there were 437,637 total commuters in DuPage County. Of those commuters, 33,985, or 7.8 percent, chose to carpool.

Do You Carpool?: Majority of Elmhurst Commuters Do Not Carpool
The number of commuters who choose to carpool in Elmhurst appears to be well below the six-county Chicago area average, according to a Crain's Chicago Business interactive map that looks at carpooling. 

Among the 3 million commuters in the six-county Chicago area, an average of 11 percent carpool, according to the Crain's interactive map, which was compiled from five-year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau 2012 American Community Survey. 

Carpooling can vary greatly be neighborhood.  In Elmhurst, eight percent of commuters carpool in a neighborhood west of I-290 and north of West St. Charles Road, which appears to be the highest concentration of commuters in the city, according to the Crain's interactive map. 
In 2011, there were  437,637 total commuters in DuPage County, according to Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning data. 

Of those commuters, 359,499, or 82 percent, drove alone to work;  33,985, or 7.8 percent, carpooled; and 30,394, or 6.9 percent, chose to take public transit, according to  the CMAP data, which was pulled from the 2011 American Community Survey, five-year estimates.   

A Commute Options survey found the reasons commuters chose for driving alone included: 41 percent wanted more flexibility for running errands and emergencies; 40 percent found public transit inconvenient and 12 percent reported telework was impractical or unsupported, according to data compiled by the Metropolitan Planning Council and the January 2014 DuPage Energy Summit. 

See how carpooling varies by neighborhood throughout the Chicago suburbs on the Crain's website

How do you get to work each day? Do you carpool? Tell us why you have chosen to — or not to — in the comments section. 

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