Table 1-38: Principal Means of Transportation to Work

Table 1-38: Principal Means of Transportation to Work

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  1989 1993 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
All workers 106,630 100.0 103,741 100.0 116,469 100.0 118,041 100.0 120,191 100.0 115,342 100.0 123,250 100.0
Automobile, total 93,943 88.1 91,301 88.0 101,908 87.5 103,467 87.7 105,586 87.8 101,664 88.1 109,005 88.4
Drives self 81,322 76.3 79,449 76.6 90,207 77.5 92,363 78.2 93,942 78.2 91,607 79.4 97,781 79.3
Carpool, total 12,621 11.8 11,852 11.4 11,701 10.0 11,104 9.4 11,644 9.7 10,057 8.7 11,224 9.1
2-person 9,708 9.1 9,105 8.8 9,294 8.0 8,705 7.4 9,036 7.5 7,866 6.8 8,669 7.0
3-person 1,748 1.6 1,684 1.6 1,526 1.3 1,454 1.2 1,635 1.4 1,351 1.2 1,501 1.2
4+ person 1,165 1.1 1,063 1.0 881 0.8 945 0.8 973 0.8 840 0.7 1,054 0.9
Public transportationa 4,880 4.6 4,740 4.6 5,337 4.6 5,779 4.9 5,627 4.7 5,081 4.4 5,424 4.4
Taxicab 152 0.1 117 0.1 139 0.1 144 0.1 133 0.1 128 0.1 131 0.1
Bicycle or motorcycle 795 0.7 744 0.7 738 0.6 749 0.6 847 0.7 691 0.6 705 0.6
Walks only 3,634 3.4 3,227 3.1 3,869 3.3 3,627 3.1 3,408 2.8 3,171 2.7 2,875 2.3
Other meansb 491 0.5 474 0.5 867 0.7 987 0.8 1,049 0.9 1,072 0.9 962 0.8
Works at home 2,736 2.6 3,137 3.0 3,611 3.1 3,288 2.8 3,401 2.8 3,536 3.1 4,148 3.4

a Public transportation refers to bus, streetcar, subway, or elevated trains.

b Other means include ferryboats, surface trains, and van service.

NOTES

Principal means of transportation refers to the mode used most often, when different means of transportation were used on different days of the week, or the mode used for the longest distance during the trip to work, when more than one mode is used to get to work each day.

Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding.

SOURCE

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, American Housing Survey for the United States: 2005 (Washington, DC: 2006), table 2-24 and similar tables in earlier editions, Internet site http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/ahs.html as of Oct. 12, 2006.