Commuting Study

By: AP
By: AP

More and more commuters are leaving home earlier, traveling farther and driving alone.

Those are among the trends noted in the latest "Commuting in America" study for the National Academies. The studies began in 1986 and have been conducted every ten years, largely using census data.

According to the latest findings, the number of new solo drivers grew by almost 13 million in the 1990s. Also, the number of workers with commutes lasting more than 60 minutes grew by almost 50 percent between 1990 and 2000.

And the number of commuters leaving home before 6:30 a.m. is booming.

On the other hand, the report finds telecommuting, or working from home, is one of the fastest growing trends. The author of the report says that looks to increase in the future.

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