Super-commuters are a fast-growing niche in the California transportation marketplace and one that will require cities and areas to work together to provide solutions at a level not seen before.
Super-commuters are people who live in one metro area and work in another. An example: the 35,000 people who live in San Francisco/Oakland-San Jose metro areas but work in the Los Angeles County metro area. The number of super-commuters from the Bay Area to LA more than doubled between 2002 and 2009. Super-commuters don’t necessarily report to an office every day. Rather, they work from home or other remote locations; travel frequently; and some are even “virtual employees” who rarely make a trip to an employer base.
According to recent research, super-commuters are growing at a faster rate than the overall workforce in general, especially in the largest labor markets.
Is this a paradigm shift? Will the workplace be redefined as the place where workers are, instead of a fixed, employer-based location?
This growing market segment will not only want more transportation mode choices, but a diversity of timinge, routing, pricing and other options for the long distance trips they do make.
In addition to supporting the eventual success of high speed rail, super-commuting opens the door for both public and private transportation providers to work together to design innovative services that meet a wide range of travel and trip needs.