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Columbus Workforce Commuting Changes Slightly Over Past 10 Years

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An article recently posted by Wendell Cox at NewGeography.com analyzes the trends in workforce commutes all over the US between 2000 and 2010. The general trends indicate that solo automobile commuting is still the dominant method of transportation, but many cities made gains in both public transit and bicycle commuting over the past 10 years.

A few observations about changes in the eight-county Columbus Metropolitan Area (which includes Delaware, Circleville, London, Lancaster and all points in between):

  • Solo Automobile Commuting increased slightly from 82.1% in 2000 to 82.4% in 2010.
  • Carpool and vanpool usage decreased from 9.7% in 2000 to 8.0% in 2010.
  • Public transit ridership decreased from 2.1% in 2000 to 1.7% in 2010.
  • Bicycle commutes increased from 0.2% to 0.5% over the past 10 years.
  • The percentage of commuters who walk to work stayed constant at 0.6%.
  • Telecommuting (working from home) increased from 3% in 2000 to 4.6% in 2010.

While these numbers may indicate a shift in region-wide trends, other measurements paint a different picture.

“September 2011 is the latest month for which we have ridership numbers,” said Doug Moore, Vice President of Planning at the Central Ohio Transit Authority. “Compared to September 2000, our ridership is up 7.3%. Compared to September 2006, our ridership is now up 34.6%. These are statistics that are sometime obscured by use of general national databases.”

It’s also worth noting that the Columbus Metropolitan Region metropolitan region grew by nearly 14% from a population of 1,612,694 in 2000 to 1,836,536 in 2010. Of those added 223,842 people, over 66% have located outside of the city of Columbus and are spread out through other parts of the region.

To read the full article, visit NewGeography.com.

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