For workers on the East Coast, it might finally be time to invest in that jet pack. It's either that or spend an hour or more getting to work, as new data show many commuters in New York, Maryland and New Jersey do every day.
Although just 8.1% of U.S. workers take 60 minutes or longer to get to work, a whopping 16.2% of people who live in New York state commute for an hour or longer each day -- one way. In Maryland, 14.8% of workers take an hour or more to get to work, and 14.6% of workers in New Jersey take that long, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. Only about one in 10 workers in California spend an hour or more each day getting to work.
California did have one distinction: The Bay Area was the metro area with the highest average travel time.
For all the environmental benefits of using public transit, the census study revealed one thing Angelenos already know: It takes longer if you don't drive your car.
"The average travel time for workers who commute by public transportation is higher than that of workers who use other modes," said Brian McKenzie, a census bureau statistician.