Virginia Commuter Survey
The current COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way many Virginians commute. The purpose of the Virginia Commuter Survey is to understand how commutes are changing and identify opportunities to improve commuting during and after this pandemic.
For the purposes of this survey, commuter refers to "a person who travels regularly between home and work, or works from home." The targeted respondents for this survey were commuters who live and/or work in Virginia.
The graphics and interactive dashboards below summarize the responses gathered between June 29 and July 17, 2020. In order to track changes in commuters’ habits and preferences, additional rounds of the Virginia Commuter Survey will be conducted throughout the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed not only how Virginians commute, but also if they are commuting at all! Use of all commute modes besides driving a personal vehicle dropped more than 50% compared to pre-COVID commute habits. How are these commuters working instead? At the time they completed the survey, 53% of survey respondents report working from home at least part time. Many commuters working from home plan to take their usual modes when returning to their workplaces, but nearly half of those currently working from home hope to continue to do so at least part time in the future.
When asked about the top three safety measures that would improve how they feel about riding transit and carpooling, respondents prioritized wearing masks and efforts to encourage social distancing in the vehicle, including more frequent service and marked off seats. 37% of respondents who are currently commuting via bicycle switched from a different mode, indicating that commuters see bicycling as a good alternative to their usual commute during COVID-19. New bike lanes and shared use paths were the top safety measures respondents reported would improve how they felt about bicycling.
Working from Home
Three times as many commuters are working home at least once per week compared to before COVID-19. Of those, 76% are currently working from home full-time, compared to only 13% before. 60% of those working from home do not know when they will be returning to their workplace, though 80% of respondents would like to work from home at least one day per week after the pandemic.
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