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EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK

How we commute

Two recent studies analyze how North American workers travel to and from
their jobs. Spoiler alert: Transit plays a big role.

T

here are many different reasons to utilize public transit options. If you read
the Atlas Obscura post "18 of the World's Most Wondrous Public Transportation Options," you would have found a list heavy on whimsy and funiculars, such as Lisbon, Portugal's Elevador de Santa Justa, mixed with more
traditional options such as New Jersey's "The Dinky" and New Orleans' St.
Charles Streetcar Line. However, two recent studies, one in Canada and one
in the U.S., focused on one important group of transit users: commuters.

Canada's national statistical office, Statistics Canada, examined the commuting patterns in the
country's eight largest census metropolitan areas using data from the 1996 and 2016 Censuses of
Population. Turns out, commuting patters in those eight areas, which include Toronto, Montréal,
Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa-Gatineau, Edmonton, Québec and Winnipeg, have shifted significantly.
Statistics Canada noted that this shift occurred against a backdrop of changes in the country's
infrastructure system and alongside the rising number of jobs that have been created away from
the city center of large metropolitan areas.
The net result is that more people in those areas listed above are making the suburb-to-city
trip to work using public transit or other active modes of transportation such as biking or walking. However, when it came to suburb-to-suburb commutes, cars still dominated.
In the U.S., a life insurance company aimed at young families, Fabric, crunched several data
points to determine what cities had the best public transit. Fabric's analysis looked at a transit systems' approval rating among residents, the annual trips all area residents took on transit, percentage
of workers who used transit, difference in earnings between
public transit and car commuters, as well as the difference in
Approx. $8,800
commute times between transit and car commuters, passenger
Annual cost to own/
miles traveled using electric power, mechanical failures per pasoperate a vehicle senger mile and percentage of stations that are ADA accessible.
The company's blog post noted that the average cost to own
and
operate a vehicle was around $8,800 a year while annual
$1,000-$2,000
cost
of unlimited transit use ranged between $1,000 to slightly
Annual cost for
more than $2,000. Fabric wrote that "American families should
unlimited transit passes
consider whether public transportation would be a safer, more
convenient, more eco-friendly and cost-effective option."
The New York-Newark-Jersey City area topped the list
with 31 percent of workers using public transit, 227.61
annual trips per person and a public approval rating of 77.5
percent. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif., landed in
the second spot with 17.4 percent of workers using transit;
126.45 annual trips per person and a 79.3 percent approval
rating. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, Chicago-Naperville-Elgin and Boston-Cambridge-Newton rounded out the
top five slots.
Mischa Wanek-Libman, Editor
 mwanek@masstransitmag.com  224-324-8532  linkedin.com/in/mischawaneklibman

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Editorial
Advisory Board
Andrew Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
The Rapid
Gary Thomas
President/
Executive Director
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Keith Jones, P.E.
General Manager
DC Streetcar
Kristen Joyner
Executive Director
South West Transit
Association
Matthew Tucker
Executive Director
North County
Transit District


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