Carpooling Declined 50% Since 1980 in the U.S.A.


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If You Insist on Car-Commuting, At Least Fill it Up With People!
Thanks to modern social networking technologies and mobile computing, finding people to carpool with has never been easier. But sadly, that doesn't seem to be enough. The popularity of carpooling is in sharp decline in the US, down about 50% since 1980s, and corporate efforts to encourage the practice among coworkers is losing steam.
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But now far more people are driving alone, as companies have spread out, Americans are wealthier and cars have become cheaper to own. The percentage of workers who car-pool has dropped by almost half since 1980, the first time the Census Bureau started systematically tracking the numbers, according to new data from the bureau.

I'm curious to know how many of you are carpooling? Did you used to do it but you stopped? Why? What factors are influencing your decision to carpool or not? Please leave a comment below.

Via NYT
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