Thursday, September 25, 2014

Traffic, long commutes hamper South Shore suburbs

By John Laidler, Globe Correspondent
The Boston Globe

Lengthy commutes and clogged roads are not only a daily headache for many residents, but they also pose a risk to the long-term economic vitality of the south suburbs, according to a recent report.

In Norfolk and Plymouth counties, the proportion of workers commuting at least 45 minutes rose 2.1 percent between 2000 and 2012, the report by the South Shore Chamber of Commerce said, citing census data. In all, 27.8 percent of workers had a minimum 45-minute trip in 2012, 4.8 percent more than the proportion in all of Greater Boston.

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