2014 Journey to Work Data: More of the Same

The major metropolitan area journey to work data is out, reported in the American Community Survey ‘s 2014 one year edition. The news is that there is not much news. Little has changed since 2010 despite all the talk about “peak car” and a supposed massive shift towards transit. Single occupant driving remains by far the largest mode of transport to work in the 53 major metropolitan areas (with over 1,000,000 population), having moved from 73.5 percent of commutes to 73.6 percent. Little upward change in single occupant commuting can be expected, since it is probably already a virtual saturation rate.

The only significant change is the most important trend that is occurred for decades in US commuting: the reduction in carpooling. Between 2010 and 2014, carpooling dropped from 9.8 percent to 8.8 percent in the major metropolitan areas.

Transit continued to hold on to third place, with an increase from 7.9 percent to 8.1 percent in the major metropolitan areas. Working at home, including telecommuting, continued its more dramatic rise, from 4.4 percent in 2010 to 4.7 percent in 2014. Walking remained constant at 2.8 percent, while cycling continued its increase but from a small 0.5 percent to 0.7 percent. Other modes of transport, such as taxis and motorcycles remained constant at 1.2 percent (Figure 1).

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