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Transportation: Summary & Data Highlights


  • From 2005 to 2014, the percentage of workers age 16 and older who commuted by driving alone declined from 69.1% to 63.7%.  Over the same period, working at home and commuting via public transportation, bicycle, or on foot all increased.
  • In 2011, commuters in the Seattle/Tacoma/Everett corridor lost an average of 48 hours to traffic congestion -- 10th worst among large metropolitan areas.
  • Although average commute times did not change from 2004 to 2011, satisfaction with commute time declined in all regions and in King County overall. 

Neighborhood Connections 

  • Use of public transit to get to and from one’s neighborhood varied by region, age, gender, race/ethnicity, country of birth, primary language, income, education, having children in the household, and military service.
  • From 2004 to 2011, satisfaction with access to  public transit declined overall among South Region adults.
  • Residents of Seattle and East region were more satisfied than residents of North and South regions with their access to entertainment, number and quality of restaurants, and the ease and pleasantness of neighborhood walks.

Traffic Safety

  • Averaging data from 2006 through 2010, King County males were almost 3 times more likely than females to die of motor-vehicle-related injuries.
  • Among King County residents, the rates of deaths and serious injuries from motor vehicle accidents declined between 2001 and 2010.  These rates have also declined for vehicle-related deaths and injuries that occurred in King County, regardless of the victims’ county of residence.
  • Rates of traffic-related fatal and non-fatal injuries varied dramatically across King County cities.

"I haven’t been on public transportation in years. … it’s awful in Kent. I live 15 minutes away from my job [in Renton] … there’s no bus that goes straight there. I would have to catch 3 buses and get up 2 hours earlier."
Single mother with 3 children living in subsidized housing in South King County