Why It’s Important

Did you know that traffic jams in major U.S. cities cost commuters $160 billion per year in lost productivity?1 Commuting results in congestion on our constrained transportation system. The Texas Transportation Institute estimated that in 2015, congestion caused 6.9 billion hours of travel delays and 3.1 billion gallons of fuel to be wasted by idling vehicles.2 Rather than wasting time and fuel, commuters have more efficient and environmentally responsible means of getting to work.

Single-driver car commuting is the most expensive mode of transportation. Sustainable commuting can reduce the cost of commuting as well as the environmental impact. For example, the average household can save $340 per month by getting rid of one car. Public transportation, cycling, walking, and carpooling are less expensive options than driving alone.

Easier worker commutes can often make great business sense. An internal survey at Sun Microsystems, for example, shows that workers gave 60 percent of the time they saved commuting back to the company.3 Sustainable commuting can also improve employee health, self-esteem, and productivity. Harvard Business Review found that employees who get 30 minutes of regular exercise are more productive, take fewer sick days, have fewer medical expenses, and are less likely to file for workers' compensation.


Commuting - What You Can Do

Commuting - Tools & Resources


1University of Michigan Transportation Institute: Commuting to work in the 30 largest cities:

2Texas A&M Transportation Institute. 2015 Urban Mobility Report:

3Herrera, Tilde. “Driving a low carbon commute.” Greenbiz.com.