Study: Drivers travel long distances for work

March 7, 2012 5:13:21 AM PST
A growing number of Houston's workforce is falling under the term 'super-commuter.' That means they're spending hours commuting from other cities just to work here in Houston.

It happens in cities around the country, but its more common here in Texas and specifically the Houston area, than anywhere else these days.

The study, recently released by New York University, shows that super-commuters make up more than 13 percent of Harris County's workforce, which is 251,000 workers strong. That number represents a 98 percent increase in super-commuters between 2002 and 2009.

Workers coming from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to Houston have more than tripled during that time period. People coming from Austin and San Antonio to Houston have more than doubled in that time period.

Dallas-Fort Worth has seen a shift of its own, with a huge large super-commuting population of workers as well, more than 44,000 people heading from Houston to Dallas for work each week.