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Chaddick Research & Publications

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In addition to two academic journals--Illinois Municipal Policy Journal and Issues in Aviation Law and Policy--the Chaddick Institute regularly publishes reports to foster understanding of urban planning, transportation and the economics of cities. This page is a chronological list of Chaddick​ publications and research studies.

2018 Publications

Our annual intercity bus study, Driving Demand: 2018 Outlook for the Intercity Bus Industry in the United States, is now available for free download. Please also see the press release available here.

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Illinois Municipal Policy Journal, Volume 2. December 2017. Click here to access individual articles and issue briefs. 

Ground Transportation Gaps: The Most Heavily Traveled Intercity Routes Without Express Coach or Rail Passenger Service in the United States  November 17, 2017. Check out our interactive map. Note: to reach the study team, email .

Running Express: 2017 Outlook for the Intercity Bus Industry in the United States. January 13, 2017. Our annual review of industry trends, potential disruptive forces, and the evolving competitive landscape.

2016 Publications

Policies for Pedaling: Managing the Tradeoff between Speed & Safety for Biking in Chicago. December 12, 2016. An analysis of the speed, convenience and predictability of bicycle travel in Chicago, as well as policy options to help manage the growth of biking as a means of transportation in the city.

Illinois Municipal Policy Journal: Volume 1, Issue 1. December 2, 2016. A new journal exploring best practices and recommendations for municipal and state policymaking.

When Sharing is Taxing: Comparing the Tax Burden on Carsharing Services in Major US Cities. July 21, 2016. A review of the rising taxes and fees facing neighborhood carsharing companies at 80 U.S. locations. 

Have App Will Travel: Comparing the Price and Speed of Fifty CTA and UberPool Trips in Chicago​​​. June 27, 2016. Our analysis of the performance of carpooling services in transit oriented markets in Chicago.           - See our extended blog post on​​!

The Remaking of the Motor Coach: 2015 Year in Review of Intercity Bus Service in the United States, our 8th annual review of notable developments in this growing sector.

2015 Publications

​The Chaddick Institute has a series of working papers entitled, "The Digitally Connected Commuter: The Rising Use of Personal Electronic Devices on Chicago Commuter Trains," that measures the growth in technology usage among passengers on Metra trains.  

Our Institute regularly publishes travel forecasts for the intercity bus industry at various major travel holidays.  Click here for our 2015 Independence Day​, Labor Day​, Thanksgiving​, and Christmas/New Year's Day​ Reports.

Adding on Amenities, Broadening the Base:  2014 Year-in-Review of Intercity Bus Service in the United States by Joseph P. Schwieterman, Brian Antolin, Gary Scott and Martin Sellers.  Download a copy of this study​. Email​ to contact a member of the study team.

Joseph P. Schwieterman's ​Terminal Town: An Illustrated Guide to Chicago's Airports, Bus Depots, Train Stations, and Steamship Landings: 1939-Present.  (Lake Forest College Press, 2014, 301 pages).  Includes 215 color photographs and 20 custom maps.  Featured in the Chicago Tribune!  Click here​ for more information.

2014 Publications​

"The Person Tech Tidal Wave: The Rising Use of Electronic Devices on Intercity Buses, Planes, and Trains" - 2014 Update (July 2, 2014).  Click here to download a copy​​

"The Traveler's Tradeoff: Comparing Intercity Bus, Plane, & Train Fares across the United States" (April 15, 2014). The Traveler's Tradeoff.

"CTA Red Purple Modernization Briefing," Joseph P. Schwieterman and Laurence F. Audenaerd (May 1, 2013).  View briefing

"Gaining Insight into GLMRIS: An Investigation of the Benefits & Costs of the Alternatives in the Great Lakes & Mississippi River Interbasin Study" (February 6, 2014) View Report

"Motoring into the Mainstream: Intercity Bus Service in the United States" Part C of Technology in Intercity Travel Study 2013 Year-in-Review.  (January 14, 2014). View Report

2013 Publications

"The Personal Tech Tidal Wave: The Surging Use of Electronic Devices on Intercity Buses, Planes, and Trains 2012-2013" - 2013 Update.  Click here to download a copy​​

"Tablets Take Flight: The Rise of Personal Electronic Devices & the Growing Cost of the FAA Ban on Technology Use During Takeoffs/Landings" (May 29, 2013).  Click here to download a copy​

"The Store Next Door: How Ethnic Grocery Stores Contribute to Neighborhood Life & Cross-Cultural Food Consumption in Chicago" Released on March 20, 2013. View Report  

"2012 Intercity Bus Study: The Motor Coach Metamorphosis 2012: Year-in-Review of Intercity Bus Service in the United States." (January 6, 2013). View Report.

2012 Publications

"Tending to Transit: The Benefits and Costs of Bringing Public Transport in the Chicago Region into Good Repair." (October 10, 2012). Chaddick Institute Study Tending to Transit.​

"The 20 'Top Transit Suburbs' of Metropolitan Chicago." (July 26, 2012). Top Transit Suburbs Final Report.

"Staying Connected En Route: The Growing Use of Tablets and other Portable Electronic Devices on Intercity Buses, Trains, and Planes" (January 20, 2012). Click here to download a copy

2011 Publications

"The Chicago Community Area of Rogers Park: A Bicycle Infrastructure Analysis of North Sheridan Road Between North Touhy Road and Juneway Terrace Park." (August 2011). RPBA Bicycle Lane Research Report.

"Are Taxes on Carsharing Too High? A Review of the Public Benefits and Tax Burden of an Expanding Transportation Sector." (June 21, 2011). DePaul University Study on Taxation of Carsharing.​

2010 Publications

"An Analysis of the Economic Effects of Terminating Operations at the Chicago River Controlling Works and O'Brien Locks on the Chicago Area Waterway System." (April 7, 2010).DePaul University Study on Terminating Lock Operations.
"Companion Animals and Chicago Communities: A Strategic Assessment for the City of Chicago." (March 2010). Companion Animal Final Report and Appendix.

2009 Publications

"Sales Tax Rates and Buying Behavior: Evidence from Communities Near the Cook County Boundary." (May 9, 2009). Sales Tax Policy Paper - Chaddick Institute.pdf

2008 Publications

"A Kaleidoscope of Culture: Measuring the Diversity of Chicago's Neighborhoods." (July 1, 2008). Chaddick Diversity Study 2008.