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Study Says Bolingbrook Commuters Have It Worse Than Most

Most Bolingbrook workers travel more than 45 minutes to get to their place of business.

A new study from The Business Journals argues commuters have a more difficult time getting to work than most other Illinois communities of comparable size.

The study, which dissected commuting data for 483 municipalities between 50,000 and 100,000, showed 28.51 percent of Bolingbrook commuters must travel 45 minutes or more to work.

Only 20.27 percent of Bolingbrook commuters travel 14 minutes or less while 26.38 percent travel between 15 to 29 minutes and 24.84 percent travel 30-44 minutes.

Nationally, 15.5 percent travel 45 minutes or more to get to work.

The study, according to a report, awarded points for every commuter who takes less than 30 minutes to get from home to his or her job, and it took away points for every commuter above that threshold. The raw data came from the five-year version of the 's 2009 American Community Survey.

Two factors, the report said, were of primary importance in the On Numbers rankings: communities with a strong local supply of jobs and a smooth traffic flow receive the best scores.

Bloomington finished the best among medium-sized places in Illinois. Cicero came in as the worst.

For more on the study, CLICK HERE.

john ruth January 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM
So when is I55 going to expand to 4 lanes??
Tom Selleck January 12, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Never!
Dori January 12, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Since we are on the subject of travel and roads etc., I'd like to bring up the subject of our very own intersection at Briarcliff, Canterbury and Delaware. What the heck we they thinking there? The crosswalk is a joke for people trying to cross, we have a pole that says push the button to cross but what good does that do, unless I'm completely blind I don't see a flashing light or any light for that matter anywhere near that area. I've seen so many kids almost getting hit trying to outguess the cars going by that never even think of stopping. Somebody is going to get seriously hurt there. Not only can the people not cross, the buses can't make a turn unless they clear out an extra lane depending on which direction they are going, I mean that area is a complete mess! We are encouraging kids to visit that “extremely expensive posh” library but we haven’t bothered to make their travel to and from the property safe. Am I alone on this one?
Steve January 12, 2012 at 06:38 PM
The library is awesome!
John & Deb Blumenstein January 12, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Have to agree, Dori, that the addition of that exit out of the library parking lot really adds to some confusion. Trying to turn left from the post office street has always been bad, but now, with traffic feeding from 3 possible outlets & the traffic coming from the other direction, very bad. And yes, we really are concerned for the pedestrians at that corner, going to & from the library. Imagine what that school crossing guard must feel like, too! In parts of Europe, once a person steps off of a curb & into the pedway -- all cars STOP. PERIOD. Walkers have the right-of-way no matter what.
Gary January 12, 2012 at 08:43 PM
The money reserved to extend a train line out to Bolingbrook was used to add an extra lane to I55, compounding the problem. Take a look next time you're out there in rush hour. How many cars with more than a single person are out there? When do we make the left lane HOV during rush hour?
Steve January 12, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Extend a train line out to Bolingbrook? Please explain what this project was, as I have never heard of it and don't know where this train would have been extended from, since there is no train line or vacant land for right of way between any current RR and Bolingbrook and there are no EL lines running on I55 either.
Kim Garth January 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM
We really do need a train station.
Reez January 14, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Train station is so beyond possible in Bolingbrook. What WOULD be nice is having more transportation to the Naperville train station. I drive 12 miles to the Route 59 train station to work downtown. My friends in Naperville get an easy bus ride that drops them off right at the station. I tried it here in Bolingbrook - Drive to the village center, park. Wait for a bus, to drive to the Lisle station. Lisle trains aren't as express as the Naperville ones, and it takes me even LONGER to get to work. Great job with public transportation Bolingbrook.

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