TREND TO WATCH: SUPER-COMMUTING

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.

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