The usual norm is that Americans tend to use their car when commuting to and from work. But then again, a recent study has showed that in some instances that might not be the case anymore.
The research has pointed out that there are major differences in commuting patterns across the country’s 30 largest metropolis, with the patterns substantially changing depending on the place where the people live. For example in Oklahoma City there is less than one percent of commuters using the mass transit system – as opposed to New York where more than half of them make good use of the public transportation system when going to and from their workplace. Meanwhile, other forms of movement are gaining a larger audience in big, crowded cities – such as walking or using a bike. Among tech-savvy communities such as Portland and Austin, telecommuting is also gaining popularity.
The study also found the timing of work displacement can also vary greatly, with the research of commuting habits in the 30 largest American cities, made by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute finding that Detroit residents are already crowding the freeways before dawn. Across the US, 95.5 percent of commuters have access to a vehicle – it only depends whether they use it or not. Motor vehicle usage is peaking at 98.2 percent in Ford Worth, Texas and San Jose, California, according to the UMTRI, but goes down to just 54 percent in New York. The latter residents are also the most likely to use buses, trains, ferries or other methods to commute – at 56.7 percent – rather than their own personal car.