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Tipping Point: Chicago residents go without cars

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Transportation is changing in Chicago.

Many people are no longer relying on their cars. Some are even giving them up entirely.

It's one of the issues that has Chicago at the tipping point.

It can be somewhat expected to see city dwellers turning away from owning a vehicle.

The cost that surrounds having a car in the city can be hefty, but what about those in the suburbs?

It seems more young people are looking away from vehicles and finding other means of transportation.

For many who call the city of Chicago home, the decision to let go of their car isn't as tough as you think.

"I was a student and I had a junker car that broke down and I needed to get around. So, I moved to the city," said commuter Christopher Hansel.

Chris Hansel, a hair stylist in River North, has been living without a car for 10 years now.

This lifestyle has affected where he chooses to live.

"Usually I try to park myself closer to one of the train lines, either the red or the blue or the brown, just because it's easier to get to and from wherever," Hansel said.

Choosing to live without a vehicle requires a lot of plotting and timing to figure out how to go about your day.

It is especially challenging for those who live in the suburbs.

Cia and her husband, Robert, have been car-free for seven years.

A lifestyle they chose while living in Missouri became a challenge they were willing to overcome when she landed a job in Arlington Heights.

"We were looking for something where I wouldn't have a horrible commute, time wise, but the community where our home would be would be very accessible by bike and by walking," Cia Johnson said.

They chose to call Barrington home.

Cia makes the trek every day from work to the bus stop and she's only halfway home from here.

The twenty minute bus ride drops her off at the Metra station, which quickly takes her back to Barrington.

"If you take the time to map out a route, you're not as limited as people think they are by not having their vehicle," Johnson said.

Car sharing services, like Zipcar, are attracting hundreds of thousands of people to use their services around the country, and in Europe.

The company decided to open a location in Chicago eight years ago.

"Chicago is going through a very tangible renaissance in a lot of different ways. We have a lot of different modes of transportation that have come up, just in the last couple of years," Zipcar Chicago's general manager, Charles Stephens said.

Studies are beginning to show a drop in the number of young people driving between ages 16 and 34.

Some analysts believe that even when the economy fully rebounds, younger people may still steer clear of owning a vehicle.

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