Commuting

October 24, 2009, 5am PDT
NY MTA Head Jay Walder is considering lowering fares for off-peak hours riders in order to encourage people to change their habits.
Streetsblog
October 20, 2009, 7am PDT
While more residents walk or bike for nonwork trips, Orenco Station residents are still driving to work at a rate comparable to other area suburbs.
The Oregonian
October 11, 2009, 1pm PDT
Richard Florida takes a look at a recent report showing connecting solo commuters with location and comes up with an interesting demographic breakdown.
Atlantic Monthly
September 3, 2009, 11am PDT
Alex Marshall points out the fallacy of creating transportation policy based solely on figures like miles traveled per hour, average commuting times, and cost per passenger. Quality of the time spent commuting is rarely taken into account.
Governing Magazine
March 12, 2009, 6am PDT
As part of a larger series, NY Times guest blogger Eric A Morris talks about traffic in LA, and how the city's structure affects ease of transportation.
Freakonomics - NY Times Blog
December 29, 2008, 5am PST
Density gives cities an edge, according to this study of commutes around the world. Hong Kong, Osaka, and Berlin all rank highly.
MSNBC
October 11, 2008, 7am PDT
The $700 billion bailout bill includes federal tax benefits for people who commute by bike.
The San Francisco Chronicle
August 26, 2008, 12pm PDT
Gas prices are driving a select few die-hards to trade in their cars for running shoes.
Wall St. Journal
August 14, 2008, 12pm PDT
At last count, the Baltimore Orioles clubhouse includes six regular bike commuters including up-and-coming pitcher Jeremy Guthrie.
The Baltimore Sun
August 8, 2008, 1pm PDT
Commuters on Ireland's N11 expressway were surprised to find that the cause of a massive traffic jam was a monkey on the loose.
The Irish Times
August 7, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Suburban growth in the DC area has been fueled by low gas prices and abundant freeways. Expensive gas has changed this growth paradigm as commuters shift to public transit and seek close-in homes. Will government respond to the change in the market?</p>
The Washington Post
August 5, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Wendell Cox looks at commuting patterns, and finds that the old supposition that most commuters are going from suburban housing to urban jobs no longer holds water.</p>
newgeography
July 3, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Employers in the Seattle area are outpacing City Hall in providing incentives to employees not to drive to work in single occupancy cars. A state law even requires companies with 100 or more commuters to provide alternative commuting plans.</p>
The Seattle Times
July 2, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>T.J. Kelly was finding it difficult to squeeze in exercise, and looking at his rising commute costs. A new co-worker helped him turn his commute into a workout.</p>
Wall St. Journal
June 19, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Bay Area tech companies are increasingly opening offices in downtown San Francisco, a significant change from the development pattern of the last ten years.</p>
BusinessWeek
June 4, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Bicycle commuting is on the rise in metropolitan Phoenix, where bike shops are reporting increasing sales of commuter bikes.</p>
The Arizona Republic
May 15, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Cyclist wins a "race" across Philadelphia, beating a car and city transit in fight through morning traffic.</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer
March 2, 2008, 1pm PST
<p>A rise in the amount of jobs available in the suburbs has more city dwellers in New York doing the "reverse commute" and traveling from home in the city to work in the 'burbs.</p>
The New York Times
Blog post
December 14, 2007, 10am PST

Toy trainMetrolink is Southern California's regional rail system linking several counties. The 15-year old system with 7 lines, 54 stations, and 388 route miles serves over 40,000 passengers in the Southland. Metrolink says its mission is "to provide the people of Southern California safe, reliable and environmentally friendly commute option." Sure, but can it also serve as an interesting venue to host a 4-year old's birthday party?

One birthday boy in particular loves trains and is a fan of a popular TV series featuring trains. His mother told me that their family trips were often planned around using rail transit to get to destinations in Central and Southern California. So what better way to celebrate his birthday than to invite his friends -- accompanied by parents of course -- for a trip on a commuter train? Children that age are probably more used to birthday parties where they are entertained by clowns or magicians. Would these children, growing up in Southern California's car-centric culture be entertained at a party where the view through a train window was the main attraction?

Abhijeet Chavan
Blog post
April 24, 2007, 9am PDT

This week, a few stories circulated around our office that generated some discussion. One was a piece in The New Yorker by Nick Paumgarten on commuting in America entitled "There and Back Again". The tease at the beginning sums up the entire piece: "People may endure miserable commutes out of an inability to weigh their general well-being against quantifiable material gains."

In this story, the writer accompanies commuters in Manhattan and Atlanta while attempting to understand the life of an "extreme commuter."

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