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July 23, 2013

Although fewer than 11 percent of New Jerseyans take public transit to work -- and almost half of those who do, take the bus -- the state’s commuters rank No. 1 in the country when it comes to the number of people taking commuter rail to work.

Commuter rail is defined as a rail system that extends from a city center out into the suburbs, and about 20 percent of the state's commuters use this these systems, according to the federal Department of Transportation. A larger number -- 23 percent -- use what’s known as heavy rail, essentially high-speed or long-distance rail systems such as Amtrak. (Another 5 percent take light rail.) That leaves 50 percent of commuters using the bus.

Although 72 percent of the state’s commuters drive to work alone, that’s considered low nationally, ranking New Jersey 46 out of the states and District of Columbia. Only 8 percent of the state’s commuters carpool to work, ranking New Jersey 44th.

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