In this CNN article about the U.S. Census Bureau’s “American Community Survey” it says that 17% of Seattlites commuted to work on the bus in 2005. That’s about half as high a percentage of commuters on transit as San Francisco or Boston, and less than a third as much as New York where 54.6% of workers ride transit.
Probably more commuters who don’t work ride the bus. Those would be students, the unemployed and senior citizens, but let’s hope we can get the number up when LRT is built, because we are barely higher than Boston’s walk to work percentage (13%).
Update: NL asked, so I decided to go deeper in to the numbers, but lots of the links keep breaking. Sorry if they do for you.
This is about transportation for workers just in the city. It only is for workers, so it doesn’t count students. The data was collected by mailed survey (I filled one out down in San Francisco), and they have some wildly detailed information about sample size, response rate, etc.
I’m mildly surprised that its only 17% for the city, seems low. But the big news is actually this statistic: 7.6% of people in the urban area commute by transit! Look at the map to see the area. 3% statistic is completely wrong. Even including Monroe, Issaquah, Federal Way, Spanaway and the far outlying suburbs and we still get better than 2.5 times that misquoted statistic.
I delved deeper into into this statistic.
During peak rush hour, 6-9 am, fully twenty percent (20.2%) of Seattle commuted by transit in 2005, and nine percent of the region.
|12:00 a.m. to 4:59 a.m.||7.74|
|5:00 a.m. to 5:29 a.m.||12.8|
|5:30 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.||9.67|
|6:00 a.m. to 6:29 a.m.||21.8|
|6:30 a.m. to 6:59 a.m.||19.4|
|7:00 a.m. to 7:29 a.m.||22.6|
|7:30 a.m. to 7:59 a.m.||15.7|
|8:00 a.m. to 8:29 a.m.||23.8|
|8:30 a.m. to 8:59 a.m.||17.3|
|9:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.||15.7|
|12:00 a.m. to 4:59 a.m.||3.43|
|5:00 a.m. to 5:29 a.m.||5.66|
|5:30 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.||4.28|
|6:00 a.m. to 6:29 a.m.||9.66|
|6:30 a.m. to 6:59 a.m.||8.62|
|7:00 a.m. to 7:29 a.m.||10.0|
|7:30 a.m. to 7:59 a.m.||6.98|
|8:00 a.m. to 8:29 a.m.||10.5|
|8:30 a.m. to 8:59 a.m.||7.69|
|9:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.||6.95|
Anti-transit folks will not stop using the 3% statistic, but we know for commuters, especially during peak rush hour, it’s not the right number. In 2005, their number was already way off, and just wait until central link is finished, and let’s revisit these statistics. I bet it has already crossed 25% for the city by now, and 12% for the region by 2008.