Monday, January 10, 2011
As American Community Survey 5 year estimates become available, I'm starting to see more and more posts like this one, discussing the changes in mode share. The pattern seems pretty consistent: Carpooling is down, but bike usage is significantly up. On one level, it's frustrating--I think many transit advocates were expecting to see a surge in transit use. After all, substantial amounts of transit infrastructure has been built in the last ten years. Transit systems that didn't even exist in 2000 (SLC, Denver, Houston) are now well developed. I expect anti-transit partisans will harp on this. But all is not grim--single occupancy cars LOST market share, despite the fact that they are still receiving the vast majority of Federal Funding.