New normal? Fewer people are commuting using public transportation

There seems to be a general acceptance that employers are OK with people working from home - at least in a hybrid model.

News 12 Staff

Apr 7, 2023, 11:31 AM

Updated 471 days ago

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It's the changing of the seasons and coming with it, a change in the behavior of commuters as fewer people are taking public transit. The trend started ever since Americans started returning to work after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Numbers from this past February compared to February four years ago show the bridges and tunnels have rebounded. They are equal, even a little more than they were four years ago. Just two-thirds of riders have returned to the subways. Only 57% compared to pre-pandemic levels are taking the path trains from New Jersey into Manhattan.
"I think people just got used to working at home. It just became convenient, and they don't have the desire to go through commuting and going through the trouble of going to the office every day. I think people just like it better and they are comfortable with it,” said George Woytowiez of Union.
"I think that there are some people that are probably a little still fearful of getting back to their normal routine. I think it's a combination or workers not going into the office and some other people still concerned about getting back to their routine,” Chris Carey of Bridgewater.
There also seems to be a general acceptance that employers are OK with people working from home - at least in a hybrid model.


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