Minneapolis No. 5 on list of cities easiest to commute to by car

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Minneapolis ranks No. 5 when it comes to the ease of commuting to a job by car, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

The new information comes from the study titled "Access Across America" conducted by the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies.

The study began in 2010, looking at traffic patterns during the morning peak period for 51 metropolitan areas.

"By comparing accessibility to jobs by automobile during the morning peak period for 51 metropolitan areas, the study tells us which cities are performing well in terms of accessibility and which have seen the greatest change," the U of M said.

The rankings in the study were generated by David Levinson, R.P. Braun/CTS Chair in Transportation Engineering at the U of M.

According to the U of M's CTS, Levinson "created a weighted average of accessibility, giving a higher weight to closer jobs. Jobs reachable within ten minutes are weighted most heavily, and jobs are given decreasing weight given as travel time increases up to 60 minutes."

Los Angeles was No. 1 on the list for greatest accessibility to jobs via commute by car, followed by San Francisco, New York, and Chicago.

Following Minneapolis on the list are San Jose, Washington, Dallas, Boston and Houston.

As far as room for potential improvement, Levinson found that transportation can become faster and more direct "by increasing the density of activities, such as locating jobs closer together and closer to workers."

He noted that while neither of these things can change overnight, "they can make a significant impact over the long term."

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