Commute Mode Share

Commute mode share indicates how people choose to get to work. The HCI Commute Mode Share indicator measures how many neighborhood residents commute to work via public transit, walking, biking, or carpool. The link between walking and bicycling and physical activity is intuitive, as is the link to reduced air pollution and collisions due to decreased autos on the road. Regular transit riders are also more likely to meet physical activity guidelines and have lower rates of obesity than non-transit riders as they walk or bike to transportation hubs, and carpool riders are more likely to walk or bike for non-commute trips during the day. Listed under the Transportation Services domain, commute mode share is also tied to neighborhood characteristics, economic health, health systems and public safety, and employment. Data are available at the Census Tract level from the U.S. Census.

Neighborhoodsort descending Indicator Value Rank
Blackstone 21.6% 20
Charles 19.4% 24
College Hill 64.2% 1
Downtown 54.8% 2
Elmhurst 25.6% 18
Elmwood 29.8% 15
Federal Hill 45.4% 3
Fox Point 40.0% 5
Hartford 21.1% 21
Hope 24.4% 19
Lower South Providence 35.1% 9
Manton 33.8% 11
Mount Hope 34.6% 10
Mount Pleasant 16.5% 25
Olneyville 33.2% 12
Reservoir 19.6% 23
Silver Lake 32.3% 13
Smith Hill 38.2% 8
South Elmwood 20.6% 22
Upper South Providence 39.1% 6
Valley 26.4% 17
Wanskuck 29.9% 14
Washington Park 29.6% 16
Wayland 43.1% 4
West End 39.1% 6

Key Citations:
1. Edwards J. Public transit, obesity, and medical costs: assessing the magnitudes. Preventive Medicine. 2008;46:14-21.
2. MacDonald JM et al. The effect of light rail transit on body mass index and physical activity. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2010; 39(2):105-112.