CHART OF THE WEEK: Chicagoans have longer, transit-oriented commutes

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  • Compared to other major U.S. cities, Chicagoans have a longer commute time with 12.8 percent of its commuters travelling for an hour or more each way and they are also more likely to take public transportation for that commute. A similar trend is seen in New York where a larger share of commuters take public transportation and more have long commutes.
  • Both Chicago and New York have strong, centralized work centers in and around their downtown cores which lend themselves to rail, bus, and train systems but also require that workers have to travel from greater distances to reach those work centers and that can drive up the metro’s commute time.

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