How Missourians' Commute to Work
How Missourians commute to work has become an increasingly important issue, with gasoline prices skyrocketing and the concern over vehicle emissions and their contribution to global warming. According to the 2006 American Community Survey Census Bureau data, there are almost 2.75 million cars, trucks or vans with Missouri workers commuting to work everyday. Yet, if you look at each vehicle you would see 88 out of 100 drivers alone in their vehicle commuting to work. Nationwide you would see a little less at 87 out of 100 people commuting alone in a vehicle.
For those commuters that drove to work in Missouri, 11 percent chose to carpool, compared to a national average of twelve percent. The majority of carpools were two person carpools for both Missouri and the US.
Of border states, Arkansas led in the number of commuters carpooling to work with 13 percent. Tennessee and Kansas had the lowest percent of carpoolers with 10 percent.
The leading Missouri metropolitan and county areas were the St. Louis city which carpooled at the rate of 14 percent, followed closely by Jefferson County at 12 percent. The lowest in surveyed areas was St. Charles County at only 7 percent.
Other modes of transportation by Missouri workers were chosen by four percent of the workforce. These commuters used various means such as taxi, public transportation, bus, railroad, bicycle or walking to work.
If each driver
carpooled one time a week, Missourians would see a 20 percent reduction
in commuter traffic, reducing pollution, and congestion on
|2006 US and Missouri Commuters|
|Car, truck, or van:||119,898,146||2,501,863|
|% Commuting in car, truck or van||86.7%||91.3%|
|% Drove Alone||87.6%||88.6%|
|% of Drivers that Carpooled||12.4%||11.4%|
|In 2-person carpool||11,408,421||229,521|
|In 3-person carpool||1,992,101||34,827|
|In 4-or-more-person carpool||1,451,229||22,048|
|Public transportation (excluding taxicab):||6,684,040||37,909|
|Bus or trolley bus||3,704,610||34,700|
|Streetcar or trolley car (carro publico in Puerto Rico)||89,978||604|
|Subway or elevated||2,137,980||1,714|
|Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means||1,698,038||26,482|
|Worked at home||5,411,108||113,016|
|% Worked at home||3.9%||4.1%|
|% Using alternate means of transportation||9.4%||4.6%|
Car Pooling Tips
- Set a Drivers Schedule. Make sure everyone has a list with each carpooler's home and work phone numbers in case of illness or emergency.
- Find a convenient meeting place for everyone, like a Park & Ride lot, or pick each person up at home.
- Set a few rules, like:
How long you'll wait for late riders.
Radio/CD/News or Nothing?
- Decide upfront on costs. If you share the driving equally, you don't have to exchange money. If one person drives, divide the cost among the passengers.
- Make sure the vehicle is in good repair and insurance is up to date.
The following are links to programs that will help drivers find carpooling opportunities in Missouri:
Mid-Missouri Rideshare Program
Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
Source: Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey