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Indicator 4:

Use of alternative transportation

Trend
vs. Georgia








What does it measure?

This indicator measures the percentage of commuters using alternative transportation to work in Chatham County. This includes the use of public transportation, carpools, bicycles and walking.

 

Why is it important?

Traffic congestion means delays, lost productivity, wasted resources and stress. Additionally, motor vehicles are a major cause of air pollution. Collectively, the use of alternative methods of transportation will reduce traffic congestion, commuter time, vehicle emissions and damage to the environment.

 

How are we doing?

Alternative transportation was used by 15.0% of the commuters in Chatham County in 2011, a decline from 15.6% in 2011.  In Georgia, the use of alternative transportation increased from 14.3% in 2010 to 14.6% in 2011.

 

USE OF ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION TO WORK
Source: U.S. Census Bureau (American Community Survey, Table C08006)


The market share of alternative means of transportation to work drifted down in 2011. The proportion of those using carpooling as a means of commuting decreased from 10.2% in 2010 to 9.6%.  The share of those walking to work decreased from 3.0% in 2010 to 1.9% in 2011.  However, public transportation usage increased eight-tenths of one percent from 2010 (1.9%) to 2011 (2.7%) and commuting by bicycle increased to 0.8% of all commuters in 2011, up from 0.5% in 2010.

 

ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION USAGE (TO WORK)
AS PERCENT OF TOTAL TRANSPORTATION
Source: U.S. Census Bureau (American Community Survey, Table C08006)


 

ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION USAGE (TO WORK),
PERCENT OF TOTAL TRANSPORTATION
Year Carpool Public Walk Bike
2005 9.2% 2.2% 2.7% 0.3%
2006 11.2% 3.2% 2.4% 0.3%
2007 10.3% 2.2% 2.0% 0.8%
2008 9.4% 2.5% 2.4% 0.2%
2009 9.1% 2.5% 1.6% 0.8%
2010 10.2% 1.9% 3.0% 0.5%
2011 9.6% 2.7% 1.9% 0.8%

 

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