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Vehicle Miles Traveled remained steady, while gas prices continued to climb.
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Vehicle Miles of Travel per Capita and Gas Prices
Vehicle Miles Traveled Per Capita and Gas Prices
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
Note:

Gas prices are average annual regular retail gas prices for California, adjusted to 2013 using the Bay Area Consumer Price Index.

Data source:

California Department of Transportation

California Department of Finance

Bureau of Labor Statistics

California Energy Almanac

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Three-quarters of the workforce drives to work alone, while other commuters are finding alternative forms of transportation.
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Means of Commute
Percentage of Workers
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
Note:

Other Means includes taxicab, motorcycle, bicycle and other means not identified separately within the data distribution.

Data source:

U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Transit use was up 1.2%; Caltrain, VTA and ACE ridership has risen quickly in recent years.
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Transit Use
Number of Rides per Capita on Regional Transportation Systems
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
Note:

Transit data is in fiscal years.

Data source:

Altamont Commuter Express

Caltrain

SamTrans

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

California Department of Finance

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

The region is interconnected as a significant number of residents work outside their county of residence
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Commute Patterns
Number of Residents who Commute to Another County Within the Region
2011
Data source:

U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey PUMS

Analysis:

Collaborative Economics