MIT Institutional Research, Office of the Provost

Commuting Survey

Every two years, MIT administers a Transportation Survey to understand how the MIT community commutes to campus. The State of Massachusetts and the City of Cambridge require that MIT collect data related to how students and staff get to MIT every day. In addition, this survey gives MIT the opportunity to find out if transportation-related services (subsidized T-passes, bicycle racks, parking access, etc.) are meeting community needs.

Survey Instrument Response Results
2014 Commuting Survey Web Preview | PDF 55% overall Overall Results
2012 Commuting Survey Web Preview | PDF  57% overall Overall Results 
2010 Commuting Survey Web Mockup | PDF  58% overall Overall Results 
2008 Commuting Survey Web Mockup | PDF  58% overall Overall Results 
2006 Commuting Survey Web Mockup | PDF  57% overall Overall Results 
2004 Commuting Survey Web Mockup | PDF  50% overall Overall Results 
2002 Commuting Survey PDF  52% overall Overall Results 

Recent Findings (2014 Commuting Survey)

Primary Commuting Method
(Calculated for 2002-2006)
2002 2004 2006 Primary Commuting Method
(asked directly for 2008-2014)
2008 2010 2012 2014
Drive alone the entire way 27% 26% 26% Drive alone the entire way 22% 20% 22% 21%
Took public transportation
(with any driving, walking, or biking)
36% 36% 37% Took public transportation
(with any driving, walking, or biking)
41% 42% 42% 39%
Ride in carpool or vanpool 6% 6% 6% Ride in carpool or vanpool 7% 7% 7% 6%
Other (e.g., walked, bicycled) 32% 31% 31% Bicycle 13% 14% 15% 15%
Walk 15% 15% 13% 14%
Other 3% 3% 2% 5%