Commuting Options

Convenience

Mass Transit

44% of drivers prefer public transportation for its convenience1 More than 2/3 of transit users walk to their stop or station1

Driving

More than 80% of workers commute in a privately owned vehicle2 56% of workers have a commute of 10 miles or less for work2

Safety

Mass Transit

You can reduce your chances of being in an accident by more than 90%3 Per mile, public transportation is 10 times safer than traveling by car3

Driving

The number of people involved in motor vehicle fatalities in 2017 is 15% lower than it was in 20054 Safety programs and vehicle technology improvements have significantly lowered traffic fatalities over the past 40 years4

Energy Conservation

Mass Transit

Communities invested in public transit help reduce the nation's carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually2 Public transit saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually2

Driving

13.5 million Americans carpool to work5 CO2 emissions have decreased 23% and fuel economy has increased 29% since 20046

Cost

Mass Transit

A household may save nearly $10,000 per year by using public transportation and living with one less car3

Driving

A two-person carpool that commutes to work together 250 days a year could save more than $1,500 annually on commuting costs7


1Who Rides Public Transportation, American Public Transportation Association, 2017. 2National Household Travel Survey, Federal Highway Administration, 2017. 3Public Transportation Benefits, American Public Transportation Association, 2017. 42017 Fatal Motor vehicle Crashes: Overview, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2018. 52012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, U.S. Census Bureau, 2016. 6The 2018 EPA Automotive Trends Report, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2019. 7How Much Will I Save By Carpooling?, SLO Regional Rideshare, 2019.

The average work commute is 26.4 minutes in the U.S.,1 but the means of transportation varies. Just over three-quarters of Americans commute alone by car to work, and more than 7.4 million Americans take public transportation to work.1

If you live near a public transportation system, getting to work can be quite comfortable. It gives you an opportunity to read that novel you’ve been eager to finish, take a catnap or get some work done in transit. If you commute to work by car, it’s hard to beat the comfort of a clean, well-maintained vehicle with your favorite tunes or an audiobook playing in the background.

When it comes to choosing how you get to work, you’re not always in total control. If your city hasn’t invested in public transportation, you may have other options, such as walking or bicycling. If you live far from work with no accessible mass transit, consider investing in a fuel-efficient vehicle or carpooling with co-workers to make the trip more pleasant for you and the environment.

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