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Women, who now make up about 45 percent of the employed labor force, communting alone by car explains the decline in public transit use during the 1980's, according to an American Automobile Association consultant.

As women have shifted away from close-to-home, part-time work, their trip patterns have become more like those of men.

Work-trip patterns are also changing, as drivers combine such trips with those involving transporting other persons or running errands, thus making public transportation use more difficult.

In addition, suburb-to-suburb commuting has become the dominant trip pattern within metropolitan areas. The peak travel period is spreading due to flexible work schedules, congestion and the shift to service industries, according to the study.
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Title Annotation:American Automobile Association reports women's commute habits are much like men's in that many have shifted away from public transit to commuting by car
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Nov 11, 1991
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