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Commute Time

Commute times are tied to social and economic impacts for the residents and businesses of a region. The indicators below assess the average commute time, hours lost in a year from congestion, and track the percentages of individuals that commute over an hour to get from work to home, and vice versa.

Hours Lost to Congestion
Average Commute Time
Commuters with 1+ Hour Commutes


Given the increase in net migration, Tampa Bay’s roads are more full, less safe, and additional frequency and modalities of public transit are paramount needs.

The average commute time for our region increased to 28.36 minutes, and a greater number of have a commute over one hour long (9.13%). This increases the likelihood that our regional progress in the 2023 report Based on the 2023 report was most likely due to hybrid and remote work conditions which occurred over the peak of the pandemic. Tampa Bay residents lose an average of 27 hours each year to congestion.


  • Increasing commutes and long commute times reduce time with family and may decrease job satisfaction and productivity. A high value in the commute time categories may indicate long distances between affordable residential neighborhoods and job centers and may also mean residents are seeking employment outside of the region.


  • Decreasing commute times enhance worker productivity and satisfaction, and may indicate improved urban planning. Shorter commutes also improve quality of life and improve air quality.


  • Traffic congestion
  • Availability and Proximity of Affordable Housing
  • Access to Public Transit