Queens residents have city’s longest commuting times: Report

Queens commuters in Jamaica and the Rockaways have longer average traveling times to work than commuters in any other neighborhood, according to a new report.
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Residents of Jamaica and the Rockaways who commute to work have longer average traveling times than the residents of any neighborhood in the five boroughs, according to a new report from the Center for an Urban Future.

The report, which was released March 31, found that the average commute to work from the Rockaways was 53 minutes, with Jamaica a close second at 51 minutes. These commutes far exceed the national average commute of 26 minutes, the report said.

“Average commutes range from 53 minutes in the Rockaways to 26 minutes in the Financial District and Greenwich Village,” the report stated. “In other words, over the course of a five-day work week, Rockaway residents will spend four hours and 29 minutes more time commuting than those who live in Downtown Manhattan.”

Workers commuting from Bellerose/Rosedale have the third-longest average commute of Queens residents at 47 minutes.

Although Manhattan remains the commuting center for many New Yorkers, most employees who live in the city work in the borough in which they reside. This includes Queens residents, where 41 percent of Queens commuters traveling to a job in the borough. The number of Queens residents who also work in the borough jumped 28 percent from 2000 to 2014. Queens residents are also more likely than the workers of any other borough to travel to a job outside of the city with 13 percent commuting to points beyond the city.

The report also included suggestions about how to alleviate burdensome travel times for city commuters, including alterations to how the Long Island Railroad operates.

“While the MTA operates over 20 LIRR stations in the five boroughs, few New Yorkers use the service because of its high fares and its poor integration with the subway Metrocard,” the report stated. “Reducing fares and integrating payment and transfers within the city could dramatically reduce commutes in transit deserts like northeast and southeast Queens.”

Reach reporter Patrick Donachie by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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Reader Feedback

Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
But what the hell is the point of this, which I keep hearing. The further out you live the longer your commute. You live upstate and work in Manhattan, well, you have a longer commute than someone in Harlem, etc.

What is the point of this article. It makes no sense.

Waste space where something actually important can be discussed, like crooked, corrupt and useless Jamaica elected officials and a Mayor and Borough President that does nothing to help improve quality of life issues in Jamaica.
April 7, 2016, 7:04 am
Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. says:
With the increase in subway ridership, no wonder that one of the main sources of delays is overcrowding, which could make them commute longer. Unfortunately, the MTA didn't do much to address this as accountable, convenient, as efficient, as reliable, as sustainable, as well as transparent as possible.
April 19, 2016, 10:17 am
alex from qv says:
They said the same thing 10 years ago,trying to compare nyc to charlotte but have offered not much solution.
Jan. 1, 2017, 3:51 am

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