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New data show working at home, ride-sharing gaining commute mode share with Center City residents

  • ​New data from the American Community Survey count 31,816 workers residing in the four core Center City zip codes (19102, 19103, 19106, 19107). Four in ten of these residents walk to work, a testament to the mixed-use environment. A quarter of residents drive to work, a reminder of the reverse commutes so many city dwellers make to the suburbs. A fifth of residents take public transit to job hubs somewhere in between, such as University City.
  • The most interesting slices of the pie, however, are two of the smallest: taxicabs (the category that captures ride-sharing services) account for only 0.5% of commutes today, but the number of workers selecting this option rose 38.3 percent since the previous survey. 20.8% more people are working at home, bumping that mode share up from 6.8 percent in the previous survey. Rates of driving, transit, and walking all rose more or less in step with the growth in population since the last survey (the worker population in the area grew by 7.8%).
  • The real estate industry will need to watch if adoption of telecommuting and ridesharing continues to accelerate. Both suggest the importance of convenience and comfort in choosing where to work and how to get there. ​

Source: JLL Research, U.S. Census Bureau​

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