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Working From Home Reduces Transit Ridership to Record Lows

The American Community Survey (ACS) for 2022 was released yesterday. The pandemic and post-pandemic environment have reflected major changes in how people reach their work location.  The 2022 ACS asked respondents “How did this person usually get to work LAST WEEK?” The chart below summarizes the market shares of the major modes for 2019 (pre-pandemic), 2021, and 2022.

The big surge has been in the percentage of Americans working from home – which is no 15% compared to 6% pre-pandemic.

The big decline has been in transit usage. Today only three out of every 100 workers use public transit to get to work. That’s down from 12% in 1960. Yet Congress and Biden are flooding a record amount of money into transit systems (roughly $100 billion a year). So federal spending is at a record high. Ridership is at a record low. And Biden calls this spending “an investment.”

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