Those Crazy Commuters

The long commute, defined as 90 minutes or more, is worse in the Tri-State region than anywhere else in the country. This article describes a 2004 study by the Regional Plan Association of New York and New Jersey (RPA) that attributes this long commute trend to the location mismatch between jobs and housing. To highlight the challenges presented by this location mismatch and the resulting long commute, the complicated commuting and housing patterns of one New York family are described. The RPA concludes that shortening the commute time between New Jersey and Manhattan would be the single most important transportation improvement that the region could make, and has advocated the construction of a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River. Another alternative is to redevelop blighted areas that still have good transportation, such as cities along the rail lines that serve the Northeast corridor.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 20-23
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  • Accession Number: 01013365
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 9 2005 10:57PM