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Pennsylvania commuters have it easy, researchers say

Commuter traffic in Philadelphia
AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek
Commuter traffic in Philadelphia

Compared to commuters in other states, a larger portion of Pennsylvanians commute alone and have relatively shorter trips to work.

Researchers expected that, according to Penn State Data Center analyst Jennifer Shultz.

What they did not anticipate: Pennsylvania workers seem to have an earlier afternoon commute, compared to other states such as New York, Schultz says.

The overall average commute in Pennsylvania and the US is about the same. But take a closer look at the numbers. They show a larger percentage of Pennsylvania commuters enjoy the very shortest trips, and smaller percentages suffer through longer ones, compared to the U.S. overall.

Read the full version of this report at the website of Keystone Crossroads, a new statewide public media initiative reporting on the challenges facing Pennsylvania's cities. WPSU is a participating station.

Emily Previti is WITF's reporter for Keystone Crossroads, a statewide public media collaboration focused on issues facing Pennsylvania's cities.
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