Commute Times Stay Steady

Tracking commuter trends and transportation system demand helps gauge the ease with which residents, workers, and goods can move within the county. Traffic congestion adversely affects the efficient movement of goods, contributes to the expense of operating a car, and increases air pollution. Transit use is likely significantly impacted by the sheer size of the county, the distances between destinations within the county, and low-density land use, which may result in lengthy transit trips. Residents may choose to trade off longer commute times for housing affordability or other quality of life factors. This indicator tracks average commute times, residents’ primary mode of travel to work, and commuting patterns into and out of the county.


How is San Bernardino County Doing?

Average Commute Time to Work in Minutes

County Comparison, 2018
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San Bernardino County commute times stayed essentially the same:

  • In 2018, the average commute time to work for San Bernardino County residents was 31.7 minutes, compared with 31.8 in 2017.
  • San Bernardino County’s average commute time is longer than both California (30.2 minutes) and the U.S. (27.1 minutes) and is in the middle among regions compared.
  • At 80.2%, most of San Bernardino County commuters drove to work alone in 2018.
  • Carpooling was the second most common means of commuting (10.1%), followed by people working at home, at 5.4%. Working at home is steadily increasing.
  • Only 1.3% of residents take public transportation and another 1.7% walked to work.

Arterial Pavement Condition Slips into the “At Risk” Category

The California Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment, which has been conducted biennially since 2008, rates pavement condition on a scale of zero (failed) to 100 (excellent). The 2018 assessment included a total of 22,161 lane miles of pavement in San Bernardino County, which are maintained by local jurisdictions. In 2018, San Bernardino County’s average pavement condition index (PCI) was 70, which is one point below the “good to excellent” range, but higher than the statewide average PCI of 65. Ratings between 71 and 100 are considered good to excellent, while ratings of 50 to 70 are considered at risk. San Bernardino County has maintained a PCI rating between 70 and 72 since tracking began. As of 2018, only 54.7% of California’s local streets and roads are in good condition.

More people commute to jobs outside of San Bernardino County, than commute into the county:

  • Nearly 366,000 residents work outside of San Bernardino County.
  • Most of these residents work in Los Angeles County (161,749), followed by Riverside (74,774) and Orange (68,614) counties.
  • In contrast, about 288,500 people commute into San Bernardino County to work.
  • Of these, approximately the same number of people live in Riverside (99,617) and Los Angeles (99,307) counties, while 35,096 people live in Orange County and commute into San Bernardino County to work.
  • About 280,000 people both live and work in San Bernardino County

Primary Mode of Travel to Work

County Comparison, 2018
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