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two riders wearing masks during the covid-19 pandemic exit a blue city bus in the Bronx in New York City.

Transit Ridership Continues its Slow Recovery

Ridership grew by 16 percent between 2022 and 2023.

April 11, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

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Opinion: Resort Towns Must Take Action to Keep Housing Affordable

The workers that keep many popular tourist destinations running find it more difficult to find affordable housing near their jobs as more remote workers move to scenic resort areas.

February 29, 2024 - Governing

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Revitalizing Suburban Office Space

Suburban office buildings are also losing tenants, but face some unique challenges compared to their urban counterparts.

February 1, 2024 - Governing

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One-fifth of Southern California Office Space is Vacant

Office buildings continue to lose tenants as the remote work trend persists.

January 22, 2024 - Orange County Register

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San Diego Region Developing Long-Range Transportation Plan

The new plan, set to take effect in 2025, accounts for changes in mobility patterns brought on by remote work.

December 12, 2023 - Axios

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Nebraska Governor Orders Return to Office for State Workers

The executive order could negatively impact the state’s workforce, which faces a shortage of more than 2,500 employees.

November 15, 2023 - Nebraska Examiner

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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

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How to Kickstart an Urban Resurgence

In the age of remote work, relying on major employers to boost a city’s economic fortunes may no longer be enough.

October 12, 2023 - Route Fifty

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Texas Cities’ Office Vacancy Rates Close to Double New York, San Francisco

A glut of office buildings in the pro-development state is leading to some of the highest vacancy rates in the country, even as population growth spikes.

October 10, 2023 - The Wall Street Journal

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How to Reduce Excess Vehicle Travel

Some experts claim that remote work is the most effective way to reduce vehicle travel, but my research indicates that improving and encouraging walking, bicycling, and public transit can provide larger impacts and benefits.

September 8, 2023 - Todd Litman

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Leveraging the Choice Not to Travel

The pandemic accelerated the growth of remote services and telecommuting. Now is the time for urban planners to leverage these new opportunities to reduce vehicle miles traveled.

August 28, 2023 - Steven Polzin

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Forget the Bean Bag Chair: Workers Just Want Short Commutes

The office amenities of yore are out. Quick, painless commutes are in.

June 15, 2023 - Curbed

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Tulsa’s Cash Incentive Drives Real Community

Thousands of remote workers moved to Tulsa to take advantage of a $10,000 incentive program. The vast majority of them stayed.

June 13, 2023 - Vox

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Transforming Downtowns Into Functional Neighborhoods

Rather than ‘monofunctional’ business districts or urban playgrounds, American downtown districts could become multipurpose neighborhoods.

May 25, 2023 - Wired

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‘Super Commuting’ Hits Ten-Year Low

The number of Americans whose commutes take over three hours per day peaked in 2019, but dropped dramatically as remote work became more widespread.

May 11, 2023 - Apartment List

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Remote Work and the Shift to Suburbia

Is the growth of working from home turning America into a ‘suburban nation?’

May 10, 2023 - Fortune

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Congestion Growing in Sunbelt Cities

Cities with rapidly growing populations and inadequate public transit systems are seeing more gridlock despite changes in commuting patterns and the rise of remote work.

March 15, 2023 - The Wall Street Journal

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Federal Union: Remote Work Is Climate-Friendly

Federal workers are pushing back on a return to the office, citing the environmental benefits of eliminating daily commuting.

February 24, 2023 - The Washington Post

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Transportation Predictions for 2023

Seventeen transportation experts and professionals weigh in on what they think trends in the sector will look like in 2023.

January 1, 2023 - The Verge

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