Quantifying a commute

The intent of this research was to examine the potential for studying and quantifying mass transit within the city.Image

ImageThese two maps are of the Chicago Land Area from Google with Live Traffic. It offers real time information about traffic jams and road construction. The first one is the entire Metro Chicago Region, while the second is a zoomed in view of the traffic surrounding IIT.

Although this is fairly accurate, upon a closer look this information is fairly straight forward. The slower traffic occurs around stop lights and there is less traffic where there are long stretches of road.


The average commute for Chicago is worse than in most other major cities with roughly 50% of commuters having to travel greater than 30 minutes to get to work. This commute results in a detrimental condition within Chicago.



Firstly, it has a high impact upon the environment with large amounts of CO2 being produced by lengthy commutes.





Secondly the congestion and traffic within the city means that trucking and transportation of goods loses roughly $2.3 billion dollars

In a less direct way this also effects the people in poorer neighborhoods. Long commutes are unaffordable and so this directly effects a person being able to commute to get better jobs.


Chicago is one of the worst cities in terms of economic disparity. These two graphics explain that a person raised within the lowest 10% of the population has a significantly smaller chance of getting out of poverty than people in other American cities.


The goal

To research the traffic conditions and try to better understand how it can affect the economic disparity in the city.



This is a project by Howeler and Yoon. These are wind powered LED lights that cost less than $5 a piece. With additional sensors attached, this may be used to monitor traffic and allow for a smarter infrastructural study that would potentially allow for a greater understanding of traffic patterns. With this, could the city create smarter routes that would allow people to travel greater distances with less damage to the environment?


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