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Carpooling Declined 50% Since 1980 in the U.S.A.
By: Michael Graham Richard


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 the 1980s, and corporate efforts to encourage the practice among coworkers is losing steam.
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 dropped by almost half since 1980, the first time the Census Bureau started systematically tracking the numbers, according to new data from the bureau.
How many of you are carpooling? Did you used to but have stopped? What factors are influencing you to carpool or to not?
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