Impact Lab


Subscribe Now to Our Free Email Newsletter
December 18th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

How Americans get to work

More than eight in ten people still drive to work.

It’s been said a thousand times, but we’ll say it again: Driving is in decline.

IL-Header-Communicating-with-the-Future

 

 

The new Transportation in Transition report floods the stat zone. Out of America’s 100 largest metros:

  • 99 saw a falling share of workers commuting by car;
  • 86 saw the share of families with two cars decrease;
  • 84 saw the proportion of households without cars increase;
  • 60 saw declining passenger-miles-per-resident

But stats are only as good as their context. So here’s your crucial bit of context: It’s a very, very long graph from Census data on how 140 million Americans get to work every year. More than eight in ten people still drive to work. More than seven in ten drive alone. And the number of people who bike to work is almost exactly the size of San Francisco, which is as near to evidence of God as I can recall in statistics.

Less than 2 percent of the country takes the subway (or “elevated” train) to work. The age of cars might be ending. But there is a long, long way to fall.

Photo credit: Treehugger

Via The Atlantic

IL-Header-Communicating-with-the-Future

Comments are closed.

162 Future Jobs square