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Alternate modes of transportation are becoming increasingly popular among District residents

  • ​​​An increasingly larger share of the District’s residents have demonstrated a preference to use alternate modes of transportation to commute to work over more traditional transportation modes such as driving, carpooling or teleworking. Between 2010 and 2016, the percentage of DC commuters walking, biking and ride-sharing or hailing a taxi grew from 15.3% to 18.9%, while public transit’s commute share shrank by 0.8% and the share that drive, carpool and telework dropped from 47.1% to 44.3% The delivery of multifamily and office developments within close proximity of one another has increased walkable access for residents, particularly in emerging markets where close to 8,000 new commuters have moved since 2010. 

  • The delivery of multifamily and office developments within close proximity of one another has increased walkable access for residents, particularly in emerging markets where close to 8,000 new commuters have moved since 2010. As for public transportation, despite Metro seeing a modest dip in its overall commute share, due to increased competition and reliability issues, this mode of transit remains a preferred option for over 125,000 District commuters. 

  • Meanwhile, continuous growth of Capital Bikeshare’s system since its inception in 2010, and among competing dockless companies since, has created a cheap, reliable transportation option for residents; while ride-sharing apps have helped reduce commute times and offer a more economical alternative to driving and owning a car in the District.

  • As for public transportation, despite Metro seeing a modest dip in its overall commute share, this mode of transit remains a preferred option for more than 125,000 District commuters and this will only increase as larger shares of development are focused in the NE, SE and SW quadrants of the city.

  • Though driving and public transportation will continue to remain preferred commuting options among a large portion of residents, the shift in commuting patterns may alter the way commercial landlords both plan future parking ratios and even locational investment strategies. 

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




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