Yesterday Commute Seattle released initial results from their 2012 Center City Mode Split Survey, an update to a similar survey done in 2010. There is some good stuff there, including their Press Release, a two-page explanatory memo, and a one-page Summary. The full study will be released in a few weeks.
Two-thirds (66%) of Downtown commuters are not driving alone, up from 65% in 2010
The drive-alone rate continued its steady decline in 2012, dropping to 34.2% in 2012, compared to 35.2% in 2010 and an estimated 50% in 2000.
Public transit (43%) remains the single most popular choice, up from 42% in 2010
Sound Transit set ridership records in 2012, and King County Metro approached its pre-recession record set in 2008. Though the bus is by far the largest transit mode (35.7%), bus commuting as a share of all commute modes declined one-tenth of one percent (-.1%) due to the even faster growth of rail, walking, bicycling, vanpooling and teleworking.
Non-motorized modes now represent 13% of all commute trips
Walking (6.3%) bicycling (3.3%) and teleworking (3.0%) are growing rapidy, increasing by 11% since 2010 and by 80% since 2000.
However, there is still work to be done:
Net congestion is up, even as drive-alone rates decline
Though the drive-alone rate declined one percent (1%), an estimated 20,000 jobs have been added in Downtown since 2010. In nominal terms, thousands of new cars are traveling into Downtown daily.
I look forward to the full release and digging through the data!