Regional mode shares have been changing for the first time in decades. While three-quarters of residents still drive to work, the share of residents making this choice has declined by over 6 percentage points since 2000. This trend accelerated in recent years, powered primarily by growth in both public and private transit, as well as active modes like walking and biking. In contrast, the decline in share of auto-commuters in 2016 was mostly attributable to growth in telecommuting. This reflects congested conditions both on the roads and abroad transit vehicles, making telecommuting increasingly attractive. As a result, the share of Bay Area telecommuters in 2016 was higher than any year on record.
Transit mode shares increased by 2 percentage points in the last decade – the first time this share has markedly increased in more than five decades. At 12 percent, the share of Bay Area public transit commutes is at its highest level since 1970. Walking and biking to work have also become more popular, especially in San Francisco where active transportation has posted the greatest gains in recent years.