Commutes

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Census Bureau: Remote Work Tripled Between 2019 and 2021

The percentage of Americans working primarily from home tripled to over 27 million people during the pandemic. Will the popularity of remote work last?

September 16, 2022 - U.S. Census Bureau

Congestion

The New Normal: Less Transit, More Congestion

With transit systems still far below historic levels, and congestion not budging, the worst effects of an automobile dependent nation fall on the environment and low-income households.

May 8, 2022 - Brookings

A map showing a heat map that represents commute times in an urban area.

Getting to Work: New Commute Duration Heatmaps

The Mineta Transportation Institute's new interactive website produces heatmaps that illustrate commute duration—the number of minutes that workers spend traveling to their jobs—plus related information, for most U.S. communities.

September 16, 2021 - Mineta Transportation Institute

Traffic

Can Pandemic-Era Changes Ease Painful Rush Hours?

If even a small fraction of workers continue to work remotely or have more flexible hours, the resulting reduction in rush hour travelers could have a significant impact on peak hour congestion.

June 16, 2021 - The New York Times

William Penn

Using Artificial Intelligence to Map Telecommuting Prevalence

In the Philadelphia region, residents of wealthier neighborhoods will be more likely to work from home in the future, thus altering travel patterns and transit usage, according to a new mapping project powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

September 9, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

Walking

Professional Planners Anticipate Post-Pandemic Active Commuting

Many planners say they want to try out active commutes when in-office work becomes possible. How will a fresh look at their local streets influence planning professionals and planning practice?

August 27, 2020 - Streetsblog USA

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Opinion: Upzone Now to Improve Commutes in the Post-Lockdown Future

Building more housing where people work is a simple way to come out of the pandemic with a stronger sense of community and shorter commutes, according to this article.

August 11, 2020 - City and State New York

Traffic and Speed

The Commute of the Future: Congested Mess, or Massive Mode Shift?

Researchers around the world are trying to get an idea about how increased automobile trips, fewer shared modes, and high unemployment will alter long-term trends in transportation.

May 17, 2020 - CityLab

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New Commute Data: Telecommuting on the Rise

The news from the most recent American Community Survey data isn't entirely bad for advocates hoping that Americans will switch to more efficient, less impactful forms of commuting.

October 18, 2019 - Eno Center for Transportation

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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

Waze

Waze Wants To Be a Carpooling Matchmaker

The Google-owned company has the data to connect commuters to possible carpool buddies, Whether Waze can stem the long-term decline in carpooling remains to be seen.

July 5, 2019 - City Lab

San Francisco Bay Bridge

Bay Area Planners Acknowledge the Need for Regional Housing Solutions

While most Bay Area communities are pursuing housing solutions "individually," local planners acknowledge the need for strategies that address the regional as a unified whole.

July 3, 2019 - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Boston, Massachusetts

Commute Frustrations Boil Over in Massachusetts Poll

A recent poll of Massachusetts voters was able to connect the realities of the housing market to the frustrations of the daily commute.

May 2, 2019 - The American Prospect

Sound Transit Bus

Editorial Calls for Automated Enforcement for Bus Lanes

The Seattle Times Editorial Board argues that automated enforcement would remove scofflaws from blocking bus commuters.

January 12, 2019 - The Seattle Times

University of Washington

University of Washington Gets Approval for Major Expansion

With several stipulations, Seattle City Council has signed off on the university's plans for up to 6 million square feet of new construction, including high-rises.

December 22, 2018 - The Seattle Times

New York Bus

Report: Congestion Pricing Could Speed Bus Trips

Advocates say New York's plan traffic management plan could raise $1.5 billion while saving express bus commuters hours per week.

November 8, 2018 - Streetsblog New York City

Traffic and Speed

Transit Ridership Down, Commute Times Up, Census Says

Driving alone continues to grow as the most common method of commuting.

October 29, 2018 - Smart Cities Dive

COTA Bus

Central Ohio Barely Makes a Dent in Driving Rates

Transportation investment is struggling to keep pace with population growth.

September 1, 2018 - The Columbus Dispatch

The Happiest Commuters in Bogotá

More people are biking in Bogotá, and they report the highest rate of happiness with their commute, above people who drive and who take transit.

July 28, 2018 - TheCityFix

Sprawl

Documentary Explores the Realities of the Mega-Commute

What does the way people commute reveal about the role of individuals in society?

May 18, 2018 - CityLab

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