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 (R) 2001 2003 (R) 2005 2006 2007
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
All workers 106,630 100.0 103,741 100.0 116,469 100.0 118,041 100.0 119,896 100.0 115,342 100.0 133,091 100.0 138,266 100.0 139,260 100.0
Automobile, total 93,943 88.1 91,301 88.0 101,908 87.5 103,467 87.7 105,450 88.0 101,664 88.1 116,659 87.7 119,898 86.7 120,442 86.5
Drives self 81,322 76.3 79,449 76.6 90,207 77.5 92,363 78.2 93,819 78.3 91,607 79.4 102,458 77.0 105,046 76.0 105,955 76.1
Carpool, total 12,621 11.8 11,852 11.4 11,701 10.0 11,104 9.4 11,631 9.7 10,057 8.7 14,200 10.7 14,852 10.7 14,488 10.4
2-person 9,708 9.1 9,105 8.8 9,294 8.0 8,705 7.4 9,012 7.5 7,866 6.8 10,981 8.3 11,408 8.3 11,139 8.0
3-person 1,748 1.6 1,684 1.6 1,526 1.3 1,454 1.2 1,642 1.4 1,351 1.2 3,219 2.4 1,992 1.4 1,963 1.4
4+ person 1,165 1.1 1,063 1.0 881 0.8 945 0.8 977 0.8 840 0.7 c NA 1,451 1.0 1,385 1.0
Public transportationa 4,880 4.6 4,740 4.6 5,337 4.6 5,779 4.9 5,602 4.7 5,081 4.4 6,202 4.7 (R) 6,642 (R) 4.8 (R) 6,761 (R) 4.9
Taxicab 152 0.1 117 0.1 139 0.1 144 0.1 133 0.1 128 0.1 d NA 178 0.1 179 0.1
Bicycle or motorcycle 795 0.7 744 0.7 738 0.6 749 0.6 846 0.7 691 0.6 d NA 895 0.6 949 0.7
Walks only 3,634 3.4 3,227 3.1 3,869 3.3 3,627 3.1 3,405 2.8 3,171 2.7 3,291 2.5 3,952 2.9 3,954 2.8
Other meansb 491 0.5 474 0.5 867 0.7 987 0.8 1,052 0.9 1,072 0.9 2,143 1.6 (R) 1,289 (R) 0.9 (R) 1,298 (R) 0.9
Works at home 2,736 2.6 3,137 3.0 3,611 3.1 3,288 2.8 3,409 2.8 3,536 3.1 4,796 3.6 5,411 3.9 5,677 4.1

KEY: R = revised.

a Public transportation refers to bus, streetcar, subway, railroad, and elevated trains.
b Other means include ferryboats, surface trains, and van service and other means not classified.
c For 2005 only, the carpool category 2-person and 3+ persons, not 4+ person as for the other years.
d Taxicab and Bicycle or motorcycle data are included in Other means for 2005 only.

NOTES
Principal means of transportation to work refers to the mode of travel used to get from home to work most frequently. If more than one means of transportation was used each day, those surveyed were asked to specify the one used for the longest distance during the trip from home to work.
Component values may not add to totals due to rounding.

SOURCES
1989-2005: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, Available at http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/ahs.html as of Oct. 12, 2006.
2006-08: U.S. Census Bureau, 2007 American Community Survey, available at http://factfinder.census.gov/ as of Sept. 22, 2009.