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Fewer Americans commuting solo

GasBuddy Blog -- The national average price of gasoline is nearly 25 cents more per gallon than it was a year ago, and the higher cost, coupled with the nation's weak job outlook tells us misery loves company.

And consequently... USA TODAY is now reporting that fewer Americans are commuting solo. According to U.S. Census data, the share of workers driving to work alone dropped slightly from 2010 to 2011 while commutes on public transportation rose nationally and in some of the largest metro areas in the country.

Group commuting --riding buses, trains, subways, or sharing cars or vans-- rose from 2005 to 2011 in more than a third of 342 metro areas for which data was collected, according to USA TODAY's analysis.

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honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:30:13 AM

some of us have no choice but commute alone (hours vary, need to drive different routes before/after regular work).

Wished I could commute w/ public transportation, but no luck around here.
computernut2008
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 7:04:11 AM

ok
RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 5:05:02 AM

My wife and I aren't taking two cars into work now; plus, we're saving extra since we don't have to pay for her parking expenses. The parking garage where she used to park tripled their monthly parking rate.
rcornero
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 4:26:46 AM

Fewer are commuting, period. Thanks O.
DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 12:58:50 AM

Several welcome trends, especially given the deteriorating infrastructure
Marson
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 9:37:14 PM

Good unless it is because they lost their job.

[Edited by: Marson at 9/25/2012 10:38:08 PM EST]
carranco
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 9:26:55 PM

Fewer Americans commuting period.
goldrose1
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 8:31:58 PM

This includes public transportation, not just carpooling.
Wonder how many are taking bus to a lower paying job?
bevmill
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 6:20:34 PM

Great! That's good for the individual and good for environment.
VaBchDriver
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 6:19:41 PM

Much depends on the area you're commuting.
PurplepassionNC
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 4:58:16 PM

Great way to save money.
bridgerunner
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 1:29:28 PM

I believe that carpooling members in the same vehicle is inversely proportional to the distance of the commute. The shorter the commute the more folks in the vehicle.
Fitwit
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 1:26:50 PM

Fewer Americans have jobs to go to.
alwaysridin88
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 1:12:40 PM

Need more public transportation.
Point__man
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 1:05:04 PM

less solo persons commuting due to nothing there to commute to ;)
sparky808
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 1:04:51 PM

old post.
caddilac
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 1:03:38 PM


That's wonderful news.
JimVP
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 1:02:00 PM

More telecomuting would also result in saving a lot of gas and an employees time.
humancry
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 1:00:09 PM

im not surprised.
gravityhurts
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:59:13 PM

No commuting
THX138
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:58:58 PM

?
HailstormCA
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:54:40 PM

Me to...
Dennisjk
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:53:26 PM

The price keeps going higher because it's not only OK with Obama, but encouraged.
rbrowdersr
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:53:17 PM

Really not a viable solution.
19sheldon43
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:50:38 PM

As I said YESTERDAY! no on car pooling
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:48:04 PM

Makes sense.
flatrock14
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:47:55 PM

i would love to car pool
smoketown
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:47:27 PM

Okay........
myambro
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:46:55 PM

Good start.
garman87
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:46:35 PM

Carpooling saves alot of money on gas.
arnerator
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:45:35 PM

Wish I could share a ride, but not practical for me.
satrn38mpg
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:45:02 PM

old story
singlemom27
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:44:54 PM

obviously
LuckyD43
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:44:33 PM

Makes good sense.
Amanstrom
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:39:58 PM

Interesting
midnightsdc
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:31:09 PM

Car pooling is good if you can.
manbig13
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:27:28 PM

good if you can
ChuckGVT
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:24:03 PM

Old "news."
NavyEOD
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:21:37 PM

I wish I could.
Wes1972
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:18:56 PM

With all the crying over gas prices I would have expected group commuting long ago. I guess its easier to whine about gas prices than implement a energy savings plan. Excuses are the norm.
NoStrings
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:17:40 PM

don't have work, have you checked gas prices for the last four years.
QuagmireLA
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:16:36 PM

No job no need to commute.
Der_Meister
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:16:22 PM

good when you can
Fedorov91
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:15:44 PM

I wish
NorthglennBill
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:14:42 PM

Yep, some of us - actually a lot of us - are not commuting at all.
bearzz
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:14:30 PM

Old news. I believe in not commuting solo, but it isn't always possible. When I worked, there wasn't anyone to commute with on my side of town at the hours I worked. I knew former co-workers who transferred to a site out of town who ride-shared. People who can, it's to their benefit.
MDTDriver
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:13:18 PM

Very good.
mickeyrv
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:13:14 PM

ok
red82mtu
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:11:36 PM

Makes sense, people are hurting financially.
jhnh
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:10:08 PM

if we had more mass transit
CAD69
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:07:39 PM

Duh
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