Friday, February 10, 2017

Seattle Adds Thousands of New Jobs but Few Car Commuters

Nice job Seattle! According to Streetsblog, a new report compiled by the nonprofit Commute Seattle says that the share of commuters who drive alone to downtown Seattle dropped from 35 percent in 2010 to 30 percent last year.

What's even more impressive about that though is that Downtown Seattle has added 45,000 jobs in that time, but only 2,255 new drive-alone trips have been added, according to a new Commute Seattle survey. The other 95 percent of commute trips were taken by transit, walking, biking, telecommuting and shared car trips.

The survey shows that public transit is providing very close to 50 percent of downtown commute trips and absorbed about 31,000 of those 45,000 new commute trips.

Many people are giving credit for this to transit agencies for improving and adding service, companies for buying transit passes for employees, and the city for installing bike amenities and implementing transit-friendly policies.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It would be interesting to look at the cost side of this equation and see if Seattle is starting to behave like New York. See the link. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/new-yorkers-will-pay-56-a-month-to-trim-a-minute-off-their-commute/

SRTC Staff said...

Wow, I'm surprised they would pay that much to be just one minutes closer. But then again, what is your time worth? People seem to be valuing their time a lot more these days. I used to love the money from working overtime but anymore I would much prefer to have the time to do things that I want. Could be the same with commuting.

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