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Commutes are up slightly but Boston workers fare better

According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey, the average commute time increased from 26.6 minutes in 2016 to 26.9 minutes for all modes of travel.

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According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey, the average commute time increased from 26.6 minutes in 2016 to 26.9 minutes for all modes of travel.

Compared to other major cities, however, commuters in metro Boston generally fare better regardless of how they get to work. Commuters driving alone to work have the shortest commute times, at 29.7 minutes.  Workers who take public transport, take an average of 47.7 minutes to get to work, nearly 6 minutes shorter than a commuter in the Big Apple. Over the course of a year, that’s over 45 hours in time saved.

As more people live and work in urban areas, travel times will likely increase as well. Fortunately in Boston, some relief is on the way: MBTA’s major projects on the Red, Orange, and Green lines will boost capacity including improving signals, new and bigger train cars, and new stations in Somerville and Medford.

Source: US Census Bureau American Community Survey 2017, 1-year estimates

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