The Pittsburgh Commute is Still One of the Easiest in the Country
The 2020 Moovit study also reveals how the pandemic impacted use of public transportation.
For the second year in a row, data by the public transportation Moovit suggests that Pittsburghers enjoy one of the shortest public transit commutes in the country with an average duration of just 43 minutes. For comparison, Miami has the longest at nearly an hour.
44% of Pittsburgh riders get where they’re going without having to transfer from a subway train or bus to another. In Chicago, riders average three or more transfers per trip.
Not surprisingly, the use of public transportation cratered in March during the onset of pandemic-related shutdowns. It recovered a bit in the fall but was still off by 70% at the end of 2020.
This study analyzes data from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Tacoma, Baltimore, and Bellevue. If you’d like to see how COVID-19 affected these cities’ transportation in comparison to Pittsburgh, the data can be found here.