North Jersey — considered for this study as the counties of Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, Essex, Hudson, Union, Morris, and Warren — has more than 4.1 million residents, according to a recent report by the Regional Plan Association and North Jersey Partners, an eight-county collaboration affiliated with Together North Jersey. About 18 percent of those residents don’t own cars.
What’s more, the share of households that have only one car has increased from 35 percent to 37 percent. Approximately 55 percent of households have only one or no vehicle.
There’s no surprise then that use of public transportation to get to work has increased — to 16.5 percent. About 9 percent carpool. A significant change is how many people now work from home — 3.3 percent in 2012, up from 2.6 percent in 2000.
However, commuters now spend more time traveling to work than they did in 2000. About 48 percent of commuters spend 30 minutes or more on their commute, up from 43 percent in 2000.