Pandemic shaved minutes off Philadelphia commutes
The daily commute in Philly shrank during the pandemic.
What's happening: The average one-way commute in Philly was 3.2 minutes shorter in 2021 compared to 2019, per the latest U.S. Census data.
Why it matters: More people working from home and fewer commuting by car has reshaped the traditional back-and-forth.
- 24.3% of Philadelphians worked from home last year, up from 5.1% two years ago, according to the data.
Zoom in: Only 57% of office workers had returned to their desks in Center City as of September, compared to pre-pandemic times, according to the Center City District.
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 anyone who does 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, tells Axios.
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