Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Transit Use Up, Commute Times Down in New York City

My latest blog post is online over at New Geography. It’s called “Commuting in New York City, 2000-2010.” In it, I examine some of the trends in commuting over the last decade in New York, discovering that transit use and commute mode share rose strongly, while commute times (including the percentage of people with ultra-long 90+ minute commutes) declined. I’m not sure we can draw a direct causal link between the two, but the trends are encouraging generally. I would expect future ridership gains to be constrained by the overcrowded state of much of the system and the high cost and extreme difficulty of adding mainline capacity. Some of the current mega-projects may help though, albeit at ruinous prices.

Here’s a look at transit commute mode share:

Here’s a look at the percentage of commutes that are 90 minutes or longer:

There’s a lot more charts in article, include a look at mode share for biking and walking, vehicle ownership, etc. So check it out.

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Topics: Transportation
Cities: New York

One Response to “Transit Use Up, Commute Times Down in New York City”

  1. John Morris says:

    I think you understate how underleveraged much of the system still is. The radical changes toward transit oriented zoning should build towards a lot more dense development and commuting in both directions on more lines, instead of just peak load Manhattan commutes.

    This has barely started.

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