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More People Than Ever Are Driving to Work Alone

More People Than Ever Are Driving to Work Alone



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Team Coverage Despite growing concerns about the environment and rising gas prices only a small number of people nationwide carpool or use public transportation.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau 77 percent of people said they drive to work alone. Utah is just below that average at 76.6 percent.

The state is ahead when it comes to carpooling; more than 12 percent of commuters do it as opposed to 10.7 percent nationwide. One commuter thinks it's a great idea. "We can make friends, get to work, sometimes you can rest, save a little money," says Becka Tucker.

Tucker says the problem with carpooling is that it doesn't fit her lifestyle. She says, "I just can't find anyone who has the same schedule, who is going to the same place as I am." It's a common theme among commuters we talked to. Greg Williams said, "I just didn't know anyone else in my area that met my same schedule or going the same place I was going." He said if things worked out, he would jump right in.

However, Utah lags when it comes to public transport with only 2.3 percent of commuters using it compared to almost 5 percent nationwide.

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