Table 1-41: Principal Means of Transportation to Work

Table 1-41: Principal Means of Transportation to Work

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  1989 1993 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
All workers 106,630 100.0 103,741 100.0 116,469 100.0 118,041 100.0 119,896 100.0 115,342 100.0 133,091 100.0 138,266 100.0 139,260 100.0 143,996 100.0 138,592 100.0
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 86.5 124,177 86.2 119,393 86.1
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 76.1 108,776 75.5 105,476 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 15,402 10.7 13,917 10.0
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 11,846 8.2 10,813 7.8
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 2,088 1.5 1,822 1.3
4+ persona 1,165 1.1 1,063 1.0 881 0.8 945 0.8 977 0.8 840 0.7 NA NA 1,451 1.0 1,385 1.0 1,467 1.0 1,282 0.9
Public transportationb 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 6,642 4.8 6,761 4.9 7,170 5.0 6,922 5.0
Taxicabc 152 0.1 117 0.1 139 0.1 144 0.1 133 0.1 128 0.1 NA NA 178 0.1 179 0.1 167 0.1 157 0.1
Bicycle or motorcyclec 795 0.7 744 0.7 738 0.6 749 0.6 846 0.7 691 0.6 NA NA 895 0.6 949 0.7 1,183 0.8 1,060 0.8
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 4,061 2.8 3,966 2.9
Other meansd 491 0.5 474 0.5 867 0.7 987 0.8 1,052 0.9 1,072 0.9 2,143 1.6 1,289 0.9 1,298 0.9 1,340 0.9 1,176 0.8
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 5,897 4.1 5,918 4.3

KEY: NA = not applicable.

a For 2005 only, the Carpool categories are 2-person and 3+ person; 4+ person is not available as in other years.

bPublic transportation refers to bus, streetcar, subway, railroad, and elevated trains.

c Taxicab and Bicycle or motorcycle data are included in Other means for 2005 only.

dOther means include ferryboats, surface trains, and van service and other means not classified.

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.

2006-09: U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, available at http://factfinder.census.gov/ as of Oct. 22, 2010.