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Time of Average Madisonian's Commute?

Census data shows average travel time to work by ZIP code.

Madison residents who commute to work take, on average, 30 minutes to get there, give or take 2.2 minutes.

That's according to 5-year estimates from the 2011 U.S. Census American Community Survey. The national average is 25.4 minutes.

Madisonians' half-hour average journey to work compares to 24.8 minutes in Morristown, 28 minutes in Florham Park and 38.4 minutes in Chatham. WNYC mapped the data.

Various ways of commuting have been explored in Madison. A "commuter challenge" designed to highlight sustainable modes of transportation found in its inaugural year that, with three competitors starting at the Madison Train Station using different modes of transportation to get to Hyatt Morristown, the winner was an attorney who hopped on the train with a folding bicycle and then pedaled to the hotel. It took him 12 minutes. He was followed by a commuter who took an electric car and a commuter who rode a bicycle the whole way.

The event was organized by Marty's Reliable Cycle and TransOptions. TransOptions says on its website the idea that most eastbound commuters go to Manhattan is a myth.

"According to U.S. Census data, over 138,000 commuters in Morris County work within the county's borders," the nonprofit transportation management association says. "Over 25,000 work in Essex County, over 12,000 in Bergen County, and roughly 11,500 in Manhattan (4.8 percent of commuters)."

dave carver March 07, 2013 at 02:54 AM
3 days a week, this is right on target....the other 2 days a week not even close as I spend 1 hour 45 minutes each way to get to work via car. The price of keeping a job these days.
The Good Guy March 07, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Could you imagine what the US would be like if we actually lived in the place that we worked? I think the whole US economy would plummet. Gas prices would sink to nothing. Coffee shops and restaurants would go out of business. People would actually have time to live a life and time to spend with their family and friends. People would get back to doing things for themselves instead of paying other people (from other towns) to come in and do things for them. Global warming would be a thing of the past and our precious planet would start to recover. The human race would stand a chance at surviving for the next 1000 years. Just something to think about from your friendly neighborhood Good Guy.
Brian March 08, 2013 at 12:50 PM
As one of the first vehicles out of my street in the morning, and very likely one of the last ones back at the end of the day, I feel confident that I am supporting the higher number that makes up that average 30 minute commute time To carry Mr. Carver's comment one step further - five mornings per week, they are 15 minutes low. Five evenings per week, they are 30-45 minutes low. So there must be a lot of persons that commute to Florham Park, Chatham, Livingston, etc.

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