Mapping Vehicle Commuters in New York City

Because many good things come in threes, I thought I’d round out this series of posts (looking at subways and bus commuters) on commuting trends in New York City with a look at vehicle commuters with this map:


As before, this uses data from the US Census Bureau 2009-2013 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. It’s almost an exact photo negative of the subway transit shed, confirming that subway access likely gets people out of their cars and onto public transit. It’s interesting to see how proximity to subway in the Rockaways and areas near JFK doesn’t seem to get people to use public transit to work, with relatively high percentages of people driving to work in these areas despite being close to the A train. This could either be because the A train doesn’t take commuters where they need to go or it doesn’t do it as fast as they’d like.

The 7 train seems particularly effective as a transit route with many people likely using it to commute to work over driving. Staten Island displays its love affair with the car for work, and the transit deserts of Maspeth, Middle Village, and Southeastern Brooklyn seem to be likewise places where the car is the more predominant means of commuting to work. Pelham Bay in the Northeastern Bronx is interesting for the number of people who drive to work despite having a 6 train stop in close proximity. Again, this may be a case of the train either not going where they want to go (cross-Bronx commuting patterns perhaps) or not getting there fast enough.

As before, I welcome any comments on these maps.

2 thoughts on “Mapping Vehicle Commuters in New York City

  1. Pingback: Mapping the NYC Subway Transit Sheds | Datapolitan

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