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Tollway Traffic Down 4.5 Percent

Decrease smaller than Tollway's projections.

Small surprise: traffic is down following the rate increases that started January 1.

Larger surprise: It's not as bad as the Tollway projected it would be.

According to the Chicago Tribune, traffic was down 4.5 percent Tuesday through Sunday when compared to same period in 2011. However, the Tollway predicted a 5.9 percent drop this year, so right now it's not too bad for the Tollway.

Of course, it's hard to judge traffic the week following the New Year's holiday considering alot of people are still on vacation or break, so time will tell whether or not the rate increases are causing motorists to seek alternate routes.

What about you guys? Have you been avoiding the tolls more than you usually would?

Chad D. Walz January 11, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I drive around the tollway when I can now, and I have an Ipass.
Robert Bykowski January 11, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I'd like to say I do, but I don't. I don't use the tollway too much as it is, so it's not a big deal, but admittedly, I haven't really changed my driving habits.
Jeffrey Crane January 11, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I too avoid the tollway as much as possible. As they indicated before they again decided to ratchet up tollway taxes, we have other ways to avoid the increase. It looks as if people are doing their best to accomplish this. I have to say I haven't experienced increased traffic on the side roads yet. Maybe they are using public transportation more.
Lee January 11, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Jeffrey - Have you ever taken Ogden all the way into the city? Brutal.
Robert Bykowski January 11, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Lee, I have, and it wasn't as bad as I expected. It was on a thursday evening around rush hour, and instead of sitting on 88-290 till Harlem, I did the Ogden thing. A lot of lights, but the traffic at least moved. Of course, saying that, I have no intention of ever doing it again if I don't have to.
Mark January 13, 2012 at 02:52 AM
I've been avoiding the tollway for some time now. Even when I head up to WI driving commercial, I have found several alternate routes that work very well. I just allow a little extra time as I'm not in that big of a hurry anyway.

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