Our Grade: D With an average commute time of 31 minutes, the Central Maryland region has the longest commute time among our peer regions and is the 6th worst of all metro areas in the nation. Transit riders suffer the most with an average commute time of 55 minutes, which is the second longest among our peer regions.
Definition: This indicator measures the average number of minutes that commuters in the region spend getting to work.
Reason: This is an indicator of whether our transportation system is keeping you and your environment healthy. Longer commute times mean more time in sedentary positions (for those not biking or walking), more fuel consumption and more emissions. They mean less time for family or civic activities. Lack of physical activity is associated with obesity and numerous negative health outcomes. Longer commute times are bad for our bodies, our environment and our communities.
Who's Doing It Better?: Minneapolis. Minneapolis has an average commute time of 25 minutes compared to the national average of 26 minutes and has a transit commute time of 41 minutes that is also below the national average of 49 minutes