E-scooters and bikes rebound as COVID-19 crisis keeps on rolling

Sep 2, 2020
Micromobility is robust despite a dip in ridership early in the pandemic. Those companies have a chance to rethink their role, one expert says.
"There’s this really intense pressure on these e-scooter companies to address these transit deserts," says transportation consultant Courtney Ehrlichman. Above, a commuter rides an electric scooter in Los Angeles in June.
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Study looks at the time and money people are saving by not commuting

Sep 2, 2020
Now, will companies have an incentive to encourage telecommuting once the pandemic ends?
Los Angeles' famously crowded freeways were empty in April, during the height of the pandemic, as many office workers stayed home.
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Report: The average American spends the equivalent of 2.5 work weeks in traffic

Feb 13, 2019
The report, from traffic data company INRIX, finds Boston drivers spend the most time in congested commutes, with Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York and Los Angeles rounding out the top 5.
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Fixing infrastructure: short-term pain, long-term gain

Aug 20, 2018
Crucial upgrades to the busy Route 495 bridge leading to the Lincoln Tunnel in New Jersey will snarl traffic.
Cars drive toward the Lincoln Tunnel on July 30 in New York City.
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By foot, by train, by bus: when the total daily commute stretches to six hours

Aug 17, 2018
Nationwide, most people still commute to work by car; 85 percent according to the 2016 census. Some people don’t have that option. People who don’t own vehicles often rely on public transportation, and in Dallas, 54 percent of people who do that spend at least 45 minutes commuting, each way. One Texan has a commute that’s considerably […]
Dallas resident Chris Crowley commutes three hours each way to his job at Home Depot.
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Tijuana's hip food scene and affordable rent are enticing Californians to move south of the border

Jan 10, 2018
"An American can just be a dishwasher and live here like a king."
A sign directs pedestrians to the U.S. border crossing on Jan. 26, 2017 in Tijuana, Baja California. U.S. 
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Companies offer private bus services to get young workers to commute from cities to the suburbs

Dec 18, 2017
As real estate in major cities continues to go up in price, companies are increasingly moving offices to the suburbs. In order to attract young workers from the cities, some companies offer private bus services for employees making the reverse commute.
Jennifer Fusco (left) and Laura Montero-Stern (right) on the Boston Scientific commuter bus in Massachusetts.
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Why falling gas prices help low-income workers more

Nov 14, 2014
Poorer people spend much more of their income on commuting.
A man prepares to pump gas as a customer counts his money.
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Hey commuters, your taxes are going up next year

Dec 30, 2013
Starting on Jan. 1, the maximum monthly tax benefits commuters can get for mass transit is set to drop.