Overview

Commuting refers to how residents and workers in Cambridge get to their place of business. Transportation choices impact Cambridge’s air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, traffic congestion, land use, and safety.  The City wants to make it easier and more common for residents and others to take public transit, walk, bike, or carpool to work, as these modes of transportation have health, environmental, and quality of life benefits.

Cambridge has established a goal of reducing the percentage of both residents and workers who commute in Cambridge by driving alone to 25% below 1990 levels.

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Percentage

We measure the percentage of residents and workers that commute by the different transportation modes, and look for a reduction over time in the percentage of those that commute by driving alone.

Our Data & Goals
  • 37.7 %

    Resident Drive Alone

    1990

    Baseline
  • 28.7 %

    Resident Drive Alone

    2012

  • 28.3 %

    Resident Drive Alone

    2020

    Goal
  • 51.2 %

    Worker Drive Alone

    1990

    Baseline
  • 45 %

    Worker Drive Alone

    2012

  • 38.4 %

    Worker Drive Alone

    2020

    Goal
Our Data & Goals
1990

Baseline

37.7%

Resident Drive Alone
2012

28.7%

Resident Drive Alone
2020

Goal

28.3%

Resident Drive Alone
1990

Baseline

51.2%

Worker Drive Alone
2012

45%

Worker Drive Alone
2020

Goal

38.4%

Worker Drive Alone
Charts & Graphs

Residents Who Drive Alone To Work

The graph at the left demonstrates a steady decrease in the percentage of Cambridge residents that drive alone to work. By 2012, the City had almost reached its 2020 goal of 28.3%.  Learn how you can help us achieve this goal in the How You Can Help section.

Resident Commute

The graph at the left demonstrates a steady decrease in the percentage of the Cambridge workforce that drives alone to work. By 2012, the City had almost reached its 2020 goal of 38.4%.  Help us achieve the goal, find out more in the How You Can Help section.

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Ways Cambridge Helps Our Commuters Ditch the Car to Get to Work

Cambridge has one of the lowest “drive alone” to work rates because the City has made offering sustainable transportation options a priority for decades. Here are some of the actions we’ve taken to make it easier for everyone to get around:

What's In It For You?

  • Change Your Commute - Change Your Life!

    Studies have shown a direct link between commute time and well-being, finding that those with the longest commutes have the lowest overall satisfaction with life. Shake off the stress of driving by picking one day per week to try another way to get around Cambridge.

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  • Join Blue BIkes

    The regional bike share system helps you travel easily between Cambridge, Boston, Somerville, and Brookline.

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  • Park & Pedal

    Beat traffic by parking just outside the city and riding transit or your bike into work.

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Recent Updates for Cambridge
Curbside Composting Starts in April!

The Curbside Compost Program will expand to all buildings with 1 to 12 units on April 2. Food scraps and compostables will be picked up weekly on the same day as trash and recycling.

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City of Cambridge- Celebrating One Year as a Five Star Community

One year ago, the City of Cambridge confirmed its role as a leader on sustainability by earning a Five Star Rating from Star Communities. Cambridge received the highest score of any city in North America.

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