Commuting in America

Every 10 years the Transportation Research Board takes a look at the census data and produces a report on the state of commuting in this country. The current report, Commuting in America III (you can buy the report or download the executive summary) was published yesterday.

NPR had a piece on Morning Edition, which focused on one aspect of the report, exteme commuting. Exteme commuters are those who commute more than 60 minutes in each direction, a category that is growing.

Some facts that didn’t get any play in the NPR piece:

  • EVERY state had increases in commute time, including Kansas, which is experiencing a population decline. Oregon is in the middle of the pack on the scale.
  • Portland is one of the very few cities in which SOV (single-occupancy-vehicle) commuting decreased (even though only by a little less than 1%)

Meanwhile, over at The Daily Score, they’re pointing to a study that suggests that when you combine housing and transportation costs, your overall cost of living may be higher when you sign up for one of these long commutes to get a cheaper house.

One category of commuting that showed big growth: working at home. I’m enjoying that 20-step commute to my home office…

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