New Geography demographer Wendell Cox looks at the latest "journey to work" data from the American Community Survey ‘s 2014 one year edition, for signs of inflection in automobile travel to work, given the "sharing economy" and all.
In short, meh!
Cox finds that stats on commutes, by car, solo, car pool, transit, bicycling, walking, and otherwise haven't budged a whole lot since the last analysis in 2010. Except that, in some cases, we've regressed--like car pools--whereas in a couple of tiny instances, transit use, and work-at-home trends have ticked up a tad. Cox writes:
The only significant change is the most important trend that is occurred for decades in US commuting: the reduction in carpooling. Between 2010 and 2014, carpooling dropped from 9.8 percent to 8.8 percent in the major metropolitan areas.Transit continued to hold on to third place, with an increase from 7.9 percent to 8.1 percent in the major metropolitan areas. Working at home, including telecommuting, continued its more dramatic rise, from 4.4 percent in 2010 to 4.7 percent in 2014.