Commuting in America 2013—Brief 2: The Role of Commuting in Overall Travel

This brief is the second in a series of briefs that constitute a body of knowledge describing commuting in America. It sets work commuting in context with other aspects of travel, specifically other purposes for travel. Commuters' vehicles share the roadways with vehicles carrying people who are traveling for school, shopping, personal business, social and recreational activities, and other purposes, and they also share the road with vehicles transporting freight and providing various services, from goods delivery to emergency response to service workers visiting customers. Visitors and tourists from other communities and countries also share the transportation facilities. Commuting to work constitutes approximately 16% of all person trips and 19% of all person miles of travel. For roadway travel, commuting constitutes 28% of household vehicle miles of travel and, for transit systems, 39% of all transit passenger miles of travel. While it is undeniable that the dominance of the work trip in overall household travel has declined over time, the work trip remains a critical and highly-integrated element of all household travel. Work travel not only constitutes a very large share of vehicle travel, it shapes the physical and temporal pattern of travel, and remains critical to understanding transportation needs.


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 22p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01491463
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9781560515722
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Pub. Code: CA02-4
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 8 2013 2:32PM