Transportation apps may take commuters beyond ‘peak driving’

CHICAGO -- A new regional travel trends report by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning released Thursday shows that after decades of growth, trends in vehicle ownership and miles traveled have stalled.

Experts speaking on the study and a plan for the future of technology Thursday and said it’s unclear if we've reached “peak driving” or the end of the driving boom. But one thing is clear: technology is shifting the way we get around.

The emergence of ridesharing, self-driving car technology, and transportation apps all have to be considered when planning for our transportation networks’ future. This could include “gamification” of transportation, in which commuters are rewarded for taking public transit or a less-traveled route.

And someday one app could link all transportation networks in the country so travelers can seamlessly move from an Uber, to the CTA, to Amtrak, to the BART in California.

It’s definitely going to be an interesting ride.