Here at Kittelson, we like to think of ourselves as transportation nerds… and that transportation nerds get to work differently than the average US commuter.
To confirm this hypothesis, we decided to examine our 2018 commute patterns by distributing an online survey to all Kittelson employees. This post shares results across our 25 offices, and gives you a window into how we get to work.
Less than half of Kittelson staff drives alone to work, a percentage significantly lower than the national average (76 percent). But not all offices commute the same way. The chart below illustrates big differences in mode share when we compare across offices.
We also see a weak but noticeable relationship between home-to-work distances (as the crow flies) and the percentage of commuters that drive alone. The chart below provides fodder for conversations about city size and transportation systems.
And The Award Goes To…
What’s an office competition without awards? Based on the survey data, we are proud to present our 2018 commute champions:
Short Hoppers (shortest average home-to-work distance)
Long Trekkers (longest average home-to-work distance)
Chevrolegs (highest ped/bike %)
NUMTOTs (highest transit %)
Multimodal Beasts (lowest SOV%)
#1: Washington (wins tiebreaker on number of respondents)
Honorable mentions: Philadelphia, Sacramento, Cincinnati
Gearheads (highest SOV%)
#1: Tucson (wins tiebreaker on longest distance)
#2: College Station
Honorable mentions: Tallahassee, Phoenix, Bend
How Do You Get to Work?
Now it’s your turn! We want to know the commute patterns of Kittelson clients, colleagues and friends. Head to our poll on Twitter and you’ll see the results in real time:
We closed out 2018 by surveying Kittelson employees to understand our commute patterns. Now we want to know: how do YOU get to work?
— Kittelson (@kittelson) January 3, 2019
This analysis was inspired by a similar survey we conducted in 2016. To compare our results from two years ago, check out our old post here.