Census: Philly Commutes Are Longer Than The National Average

The Inquirer reports on the state of commuting in Philadelphia: “Philadelphia draws 253,000 workers from outside the city every day, while sending 147,000 city residents on “reverse commutes” to the suburbs, according to census data released Tuesday. The numbers also highlighted the importance of public transit to local workers: 25.6 percent of all workers in Philadelphia used transit to get to work. That compares with just 5 percent nationwide who take transit to work. The estimates released from the American Community Survey also showed the average one-way commute to work for people living in Philadelphia was 31.5 minutes in 2011, compared with the national average of 25.5 minutes.”