Source: Adapted from Toronto Board of Trade (2014) Toronto as a Global City: Scorecard on Prosperity - 2014. Toronto: Toronto Board of Trade.
Average Commuting Time (One Way), Selected Metropolitan Areas
Communing is a very important component of urban mobility since it accounts for the greater share of urban movement and has a substantial impact on the commuters' welfare. Through history, the time spent commuting has remained relatively constant, with about 60 minutes per day (30 minutes in each direction). This is known as Marchetti's constant in the name of the physicist who established the relation. Because of high level of motorization, American cities tend to have the lowest average commuting time in the world. The commuters of Europe and Japan have longer commuting times, mostly because they are more dependent on walking and public transit and in spite of more compact cities. There is thus an inverse relationship between the level of public transit use and commuting time as passengers tend to spend more time waiting and transferring within the transit system. However, the last decade has shown growing commuting times, particularly in China, mainly due to increasing motorization in metropolitan areas.