Boston commutes get shorter
The pandemic likely shaved a few minutes off your drive to work.
What's happening: The average one-way commute in Boston was 5.8 minutes shorter in 2021 compared to 2019, per the latest U.S. Census data.
- Commutes decreased the most in Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
Why it matters: More people working from home and fewer commuting by car have reshaped the traditional back-and-forth.
- Massachusetts' remote workforce exploded from 5.4% in 2019 to 23.7% in 2021, according to data.
Between the lines: Traffic congestion is down about 27% across major U.S. cities' downtowns compared to pre-pandemic levels, reports Axios' Alex Fitzpatrick.
- Nationwide, the average one-way trip to work was two minutes shorter than in 2019, per the Census data.
What we're watching: For those who do go back in, flexible work arrangements make it easier to avoid rush hour and cut back on some of the stress around commuting, Adam Kamins, a senior director at research firm Moody’s Analytics, told Axios.
Thought bubble via Axios Boston author Steph Solis: It feels like even this shortened commute was short-lived, judging by how congested the roads are these days, but we won't know for sure until we see 2022 data.
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