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Most Transit Commuting Occurs in Legacy Cities

Created on February 6, 2013

Most Transit Commuting Occurs in Legacy Cities


Outside Major Metropolitan Areas: 9.6%

Other Major Metropolitan Areas: 25.6%

Core Cities: 16.4%

Suburbs: 9.1%

Suburbs: 10.3%

Legacy Cities (New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston, San Francisco):54.5%

Major Metropolitan Areas with Legacy Cities: 64.8%

All Commuting:100%

Of all transit commuting trips in the U.S., nearly two-thirds occurred in metro areas with legacy cities, and more than half occurred in the legacy cities themselves.

Notes: Commuting trips are work trips. Some figures may not sum to 100 percent due to rounding.

Source: Author’s calculations based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2008–2010, http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml (accessed December 19, 2012).

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