Erie Vital Signs

Transportation: Percent of Commuters Using Public Transportation

Recent Performance

This pattern is negative or needs improvement.

Erie County commuters use public transportation to about the same degree as the rest of the peer areas—with the clear exception of Boulder Colorado. But Erie and 12 of the 13 peers use public transportation significantly less than the state of Pennsylvania or the nation. In fact, Erie and its peers (excluding Boulder) averaged only about 1.5% of their commuters using public transportation in 2013 compared to 5.2% nationwide. Of course, this partially reflects the fact that larger metro areas tend to have the greater population densities that better support public transportation infrastructure. Most of the peer areas are in the same boat as Erie in that regard. But Boulder manages to have a highly-used public transportation system, nevertheless.

The Basics

This indicator reports the percentage of workers over 16 years of age who work outside their homes who use public transportation as their primary means of commuting. A higher number is preferred.

Why It's Important

Greater use of public transportation may mean more people per vehicle on average and greater fuel efficiency, resulting in lower emissions per capita than use of individual private vehicles.

The Details

These data come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Their data are based on a sample and are subject to sampling variability.

“Public transportation” includes bus or trolley bus, streetcar or trolley car, subway or elevated, railroad, or ferryboat. It excludes taxicabs.

The Nitty-Gritty Details


None, but the ACS source presents data on the percents of commuters who use various other means of commuting including: drove alone, carpooled, walked, used a bicycle, took a taxicab, motorcycle, or other means.




American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau. One-year estimates. Table S0801: Commuting Characteristics by Sex.

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