One of the big questions has always been whether the people who live downtown also work downtown, making them less dependent on cars. If so, downtown residents may need fewer cars and may become a core constituency for the public transportation system. With traffic an increasing problem, the more people who are able to bike or walk to work, the better. The results look positive.
Demographic analysis reveals the following facts about downtown residents:
– Less dependent on cars (60% drive to work v. 92% across Texas)
– High utilization of public transportation compared to Texans (14% take public transportation to work v. 2% across Texas)
– Crazy high walking / biking (19% bike or walk to work v. 3% across Texas)
– More work at home (7% work at home v. 3% across Texas)
– A quicker commute (16.3 minutes v. 20.8 minutes across Texas)