Arlington County residents are four times as likely to commute by bicycle than commuters in the Washington, DC region as a whole. Arlington residents are also more likely to commute by train and are less likely to drive alone than their regional counterparts.
These findings are among the many revealed in the comprehensive 2010 State of the Commute Survey. The triennial survey confirms what we see on the street every day: more people riding bicycles and taking the train to work than ever before. The survey reveals commuting trends and shows how transportation improvements contribute to and encourage commuting choices.
The survey interviewed 600 residents from each of the 11 jurisdictions located in the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) region. This report focuses on comparing Arlington County, Virginia to the region as a whole.
Key Findings of the 2010 State of the Commute Survey:
- People who live or work in Arlington are less likely to drive alone (54% and 55%, respectively) than people in the region as a whole ( 64%).
- More Arlington residents and workers commute by train (21% and 20%, respectively) commute by train than commuters in the region (15%)
- Arlington residents have half the average commute distance (8.2 miles) than either Arlington workers (16.1 miles) or regional respondents (16.3 miles).
- 81% of Arlington residents live within a quarter-mile of a bus stop
- Telecommuting is gaining popularity throughout the region.
The SOC survey offers a glimpse into the success of efforts to promote bicycling, walking, telecommuting, and transit in the region as a whole, and in Arlington in particular. The survey reveals those efforts that are effective in changing commuter habits, and those that might require additional investment or study.
DOCUMENTS FOR DOWNLOAD
Full Presentation (PDF): 2010 Arlington State of the Commute Final
Highlights Presentation (PDF): 2010 Arlington State of the Commute Highlights
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