Transportation 2016-11-03T07:36:23+00:00


Transportation allows residents of the NSJV to travel for work and leisure and allows visitors to travel within the region. Transportation is also necessary for economic activity. Transportation is especially important for the NSJV region because of its important transportation, warehousing, and logistics sectors.

Data for this indicator was obtained from the California Department of Transportation, Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS), and the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). Total daily vehicle miles traveled was obtained for each county from the HPMS Public Road Data. This was summed across the three NSJV counties and divided by the population of the NSJV obtained from the ACS.

This graph shows the per capita vehicle miles traveled per year for California and the NSJV. Overall, residents of both California and the NSJV are driving less now than they were in 2006. The number of miles driven has decreased in almost every period since 2006. NSJV drivers have decreased their vehicle miles travelled by more than California drivers, a decrease of 900 miles per year compared to a decrease of 500 miles per year, although NSJV drivers still travel farther by car than California drivers do. This is because of the more rural and sprawled out nature of the NSJV where public transportation is not as effective a method of travel.

This data was compiled from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 2015 1-Year Estimates.

This graph shows the percent of commuters in the United States, California and the NSJV counties that commute to work within their county of residence, and what percent commute to work in a different county. The majority of commuters in all geographies examined work in the same county they live in. All three NSJV counties have a larger percent of workers commute outside of their county of residence than California as a whole. This is not a surprising result given the large commuter flow from the NSJV to the Bay Area. Merced County has the largest percent of commuters travel outside of the county, narrowly beating San Joaquin County by a margin of 28.6% to 28.2% of commuters.

This data was compiled from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 2015 1-Year Estimates.

This graph shows the primary means of commuting to work for California and the NSJV counties. The overwhelming majority of commuters drive their own vehicles to work both in California and in the NSJV, although the rates of driving one’s own vehicle are higher in the NSJV than in California. This is reasonable given the lower transit ridership in the NSJV. Carpooling is the next largest method of commuting to work, and the NSJV has higher rates of carpooling than California. Working at home, taking a taxi, walking, bicycling and taking public transportation make up approximately 10% of total commuters in the NSJV compared to 17% for California.

Data on ACE Train ridership was obtained from the ACE Train. Data on Amtrak ridership was obtained from

NSJV commuting patterns

Data for this indicator was obtained from Census Transportation Planning Products, which draws on American Community Survey 2009-2013 5-year estimates.

This map shows commute patterns to and from the NSJV from surrounding regions. Dominant on the map is the large number of NSJV residents commuting to the Bay Area. Almost 65,000 workers commute from the NSJV to the Bay Area every day, which exceeds flows to or from any other region by a factor of 10. A likely factor contributing to these flows are the relatively high wages paid in the Bay Area, and the relatively low housing prices found in the NSJV. Commute inflows and outflows are very balanced between the NSJV and Greater Sacramento, and between the NSJV and SSJV. Conversely, inflows dominate outflows to the Mother Lode region, although the size of both of these flows are small compared to the connectivity between the NSJV, Greater Sacramento, and the Bay Area.