Tidbit Tuesday — Changes in How Philadelphians Get to Work

Every Tuesday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) posts a map or graphic that tells a story about transportation or utilities in the City of Brotherly Love.

This week we take a look at how Philadelphians’ transportation commute percentages have changed between 2000 and 2010. How do you get to work?  Has it changed between 2000 and 2010?

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Here are the numbers behind the graph — Those who commute to work by public transit increased from 144,936 in 2000 to 159,475 in 2010 and also increased the share of all of Philadelphia’s commuters taking public transportation from 25.44% to 26.42%, showing a share percentage increase of 3.87%.  Those working from home increased from 10,752 in 2000 to 15,803 in 2010 and also increased the share of total workers working from home from 1.89% to 2.62%, showing a share percentage increase of 38.75%.  Bicycling also saw increases.  In 2000, 4,908 commuters biked to work while in 2010, 9,839 commuters biked to work and also increased the share of total workers commuting by bicycle from 0.86% to 1.6%, showing a share increase of 89.24%.  This graphic shows that walking and driving to work both saw transportation share decreases in the same timespan.  There were 51,564 Philadelphians who walked to work in 2000 and 50,680 in 2010. The share of commuters who walked to work also decreased from 9.05% to 8.39%, showing a percentage decrease of 7.22%.  Car commuters showed an increase with 353,471 individuals commuting by car in 2000 and 362,927 2010.  While this is an increase in the total number of car commuters, car commuting as a percentage of all commute modes decreased its share from 62.04% to 60.13%, thus a share decrease (as shown in the graphic) of 3.07%.

*Note: All data is based on the 2000 Census and the 2006-2010 American Community Survey.  The raw data for this infographic can be found by using the US Census’ American FactFinder Tool.  In addition, the following transportation mode categories were excluded — “motorcycles” and “other” — for ease of reading.  If you would like to see more about how these transportation modes have changed by section of Philadelphia, check out this map!


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