Bay Area Commuters Suffer Longest Drive Times in Nation
By Sylvia Ramirez
Tue Mar 5th, 2013 6:39am America/Los_Angeles
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Workers in the San Francisco Bay Area suffer through commutes that are longer and cover greater distances than in any other major metro area in the country.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the region has a higher percentage of workers described in new Census data as “mega-commuters” — people who spend at least 90 minutes plus 50 miles to get to the office in the morning.
The newspaper says about two percent of full-time workers living from Walnut Creek to San Rafael to San Jose — and four percent of people who work in the area — are classified as mega-commuters, compared with the national average of less than one percent.
About 587,000 people in the country meet the mega-commuting standard.
It’s the first time the Census has reported on the demographic.