Commuting habits are changing, slowly, in Greater Des Moines

Good afternoon, readers.

Here’s a trend that Greater Des Moines transit advocates will like to see:

The share of workers commuting by driving alone has declined from 81.5 percent in 2000 to 80.1 percent in 2009, according to data compiled by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.

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Though less than 2 percentage points, the drop was among the highest in the nation’s 100 largest metro areas. Only 12 other metros, including Boston, New York and Seattle, saw the share decline further. Twenty-five saw the share decline but not as much as in Des Moines-West Des Moines. Two metros saw no movement. And 59 saw increases in the share of workers commuting by driving alone, with the largest gain coming in Honolulu with an increase of 5.4 percentage points.

However, Greater Des Moines ranked 53rd among the nation’s largest 100 metros for the share of workers community by public transit in 2009, at only 1.7 percent.

Last but not least, Des Moines-West Des Moines ranked 22nd among the nation’s 100 largest metro cities for the share of workers commuting by carpool in 2009, at 11.1 percent. Ten years earlier, Des Moines-West Des Moines ranked 64th, at 10.8 percent.

 

 

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