Driving is expensive as well as environmentally harmful. According to the American Public Transportation Association, using public transportation instead of owning a car saves riders an average of $9,656 annually. Taking public transportation does pay!
This data came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for the years 2002-2009. This indicator is defined by measuring the percentage of commuters who drove alone, the percentage of commuters who carpooled, the percentage of commuters who took public transportation, the percentage of commuters who walked, the percentage of commuters who traveled by other means, and the percentage of commuters who worked from home. This data is updated on a yearly basis.
What influences this indicator?
Many factors go into our decision on how we will commute to work each day. Some people commute into the District by car because there are no Metrobus stops or Metrorail stations near their home, or because their workplace is not easily accessible by public transit. Some people simply prefer the freedom of having their own vehicle to navigate the city.
Inconveniences caused by severe traffic or road construction may turn some drivers into public transit users. Others may be swayed to opt for Metrobus or Metrorail by the high costs of fuel, vehicle maintenance, and parking. Some individuals may choose to carpool or avoid driving because of a concern for the environment.
What you can do to help:
Related indicators: Walkability, Air Quality, CO2e Levels, Capital BikeShare, Transit
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