Access to Jobs via Driving
Our Grade: D It will come as no surprise to people in the Baltimore region that driving to work has gotten worse: the number of jobs reachable in a short drive (10 min., 20 min., or 30 min.) all went down between 1990 and 2010.
Definition: This indicator measures the percentage of our region's jobs that a typical resident can get to in 20 minutes or less by driving.
Reason: This is an indicator of whether our transportation system supports economic growth. Driving is the preferred option for many residents in the region to get to work. Over the years, if a typical resident can reach more and more jobs in convenient driving times it is a sign of a great transportation system.
Who's Doing It Better?: Salt Lake City. We believe that to earn an A, a regional transportation system should show improvement in access to jobs via car. A typical Salt Lake City resident could get to more jobs in under 20 minutes by driving in 2010 than was possible in 1990.