Commute Times

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Charlotte’s Changing Commute Patterns

With more people working from home since the pandemic, the area is seeing shorter commute times for cars and public transit.

November 8, 2023 - WFAE

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Twin Cities Commutes Faster Than Pre-Pandemic

Workers who have returned to in-person jobs are still experiencing less traffic congestion than in 2019.

October 27, 2023 - Axios

Bike Commuter

How Commute Times Impact Office Vacancy

Workplaces that employees can reach more quickly are less likely to have high office vacancy rates, a new analysis finds.

April 11, 2023 - Globe St.


How Americans Spend Former Commute Time

Unsurprisingly, American workers whose commutes have been reduced or eliminated by new remote work arrangements are spending more time on rest, leisure, and childcare activities.

October 19, 2022 - Liberty Street Economics


Some Commute Times Worsening Despite Remote Work Trends

The unpredictability of constantly changing commuting trends has some workers seeing much longer commute times as transportation agencies work to adjust to new travel patterns.

September 19, 2022 - The Washington Post


The Disparate Racial Impacts of Commute Times

Commute times vary significantly depending on race, according to a recent study. The consequences of the imbalance have very real social and economic effects for already marginalized racial groups.

April 22, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

Aurelian Wall

How Transportation Technology Determines the Footprint of Cities

The Marchetti Constant, the willingness of people to travel for about a half an hour to get to and from work, explains the size of cities in history, and the metropolitan areas of today.

August 30, 2019 - CityLab


Boston Bus Lanes Improving Commute Times and Reliability

Data from the Boston area shows that dedicated bus lanes are helping to get buses moving.

July 9, 2019 - WBUR

Metro-North Railroad

Op-Ed: Toll Revenues Could Fix Aging New York-Connecticut Rail Connection

Rather than bonds, an op-ed makes the case for electronic tolls to pay for improvements to commuter rail lines between New York City and Connecticut.

May 31, 2019 - Connecticut Post

Minneapolis, Minnesota

How the Middle Class Is Faring on Housing

While the middle class does not face the same kind of nationwide affordability crisis as low-income populations, geography and demographics are placing new stress on middle-income households.

May 31, 2019 - Brookings

School Buses and Homes

Study Documents the Public Health Effects of Long School Commutes

Richard Florida cites new research to argue that car culture and car oriented communities are the main culprits in the unhealthy lifestyles of U.S. school children.

May 9, 2019 - CityLab


Super Commuters Increasing in Seattle

More and more people are driving farther and farther to get to work in the Seattle region.

December 18, 2018 - Puget Sound Regional Council

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Evidence of the 'Gender Commuting Gap'

Men are more likely to undertake longer commutes, according to recent analysis of U.K. commuting habits.

November 12, 2018 - Office for National Statistics

Positive Early Returns for Atlanta's Northwest Corridor Express Lanes

About 30 miles of toll lanes (called Express Lanes in the parlance of toll lane politics) on I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties have been open for month.

October 27, 2018 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bike Commute

What Kind Of Commute Makes People Happy?

The conventional planning wisdom seems to be that long drives are less beneficial to well-being than a short walk. But what about other commuting options?

September 7, 2016 - Michael Lewyn


How Self-Driving Cars Could Lead to More Sprawl

Much of the focus on the potential of self-driving cars to effect change in the built environment has focused on dense, urban environments. But what is self-driving cars mostly enable continued outward expansion?

June 20, 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

Four-Lane Freeway

Reports of 'Mega-Commutes' Greatly Exaggerated

No one is denying that many Americans endure long, arduous commutes. But the data does not verify reports that "mega-commutes" are on the rise.

March 24, 2016 - City Observatory

Commuter Traffic

Census Data: Renters Have Shorter Commutes

According to an analysis by the data research team at Trulia, renters have shorter commutes in 43 of 50 major metros. But despite there being more renters, commutes are still getting longer.

March 4, 2016 - Trulia

The Negative Effects of the Nation's Lengthening Commute

The collective amount of time Americans spend commuting is staggering, and it's only growing.

March 2, 2016 - The Washington Post - Wonkblog

Bay Area Extreme Commuting for the Love of Larger, Affordable Single Family Homes

It's a tradeoff that 3.9 percent of the Bay Area workforce are willing to make to own an affordable home. It's often not even a choice between living in the city or the suburbs, but the close-in suburbs or the exurbs or San Joaquin Valley.

October 4, 2015 - San Jose Mercury News

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