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Carpooling Or Riding Solo?

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One word to describe Los Angeles commutes. LA resident Avery Fairfax says, "Congested."

According to the latest census figures the majority of people behind the wheel are driving alone. Transportation experts say as the economy recovers more people venture out by themselves.   

James Moore of USC Viterbi School of Engineering says "People prefer to drive alone because everybody's time is valuable, it's a matter of degree."  76.3 percent of American workers 16 and older drive alone, according to 2012 census figures, that's up from 64.4 percent in 1980. 

Metro's Mark Littman says, "About 3/4 of the motorists are driving solo and that's a fact we have to deal with. But we're giving people more transit options so they don't have to slog in traffic."

Metro says train ridership is up, with roughly 1.6 million morning commuters taking mass transit in LA.  Many say it's a good way to avoid gridlock.  One commuter says, "I don't like to sit in traffic, it's fast, I don't mind it." 

Carpooling has declined nationwide, from 19.7 percent in 1980 to 9.7 percent in 2012, according to census figures.  One way people are staying off the roads is by working at home.  Figures show that the number of tele-commuters nearly doubled, from 2.3 percent in 1980 to 4.4 percent in 2012. 

 

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