How Does Mercer Island Commute?

Just saw an excellent post in the Seattle Bike Blog on how Seattle commutes. Which got me wondering how Mercer Island commutes.

I went to the Census American communities Survey, just released for 2012, and looked at Mercer Island versus Seattle, Bellevue and all of King County:

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In only a few minutes with the data a few things popped out:

1.Islanders drive more than the rest of King County.

2. Our mean commute is lower than Seattle, Bellevue or all of King County, probably because of how central the Island is.

3. Almost 10% of Islanders work from home, quite a bit higher than the rest of the county.

4. Islanders take public transportation at a much lower rate than the rest of the county. I think we’d take it more if we could get to the Park & Ride more easily or find parking there. These days, it’s parked up before 8 am, causing a stressful morning for anyone planning to get a spot.

My husband and I have tried many of these methods– driving alone, carpooling, the bus, and biking– at different times. Basically anything other than walking. One of the nice things about Mercer Island is you can get almost anywhere, fast.

I wonder how these numbers will change when the Express Lanes give way to Light Rail. One would expect a dramatic drop in driving alone and a rise in public transportation. We’ll see in about 10 years.

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2 responses to “How Does Mercer Island Commute?

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  2. Well that Mercer Islanders can use the car pool lanes even when driving alone makes them more imune to traffic on I-90.

    I do see a lot of folks from the Island out bicycling during commuter hours which reflects that it’s a reasonable distance to ride both to Seattle and Bellevue or even Redmond or Kirkland.

    What is also interesting is that the land use policies has kept most Mercer Islanders into commuting off the island as only recently have much office buildings been added to the mix at the North End.

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