Return to school increases commute time by 25.8 minutes

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Students in school systems across our viewing area are starting to go back to school and that means that there will be a return to longer commutes for drivers, say AAA Mid-Atlantic officials.

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, a 2012 Transportation Planning Board study revealed that once all school systems in the D.C. metro area are back in session in September the average daily commute time per traveler will increase by 26 percent to 25.8 minutes. The study shows that that commute time drops 18 percent, from 25.1 minutes to 20.6 minutes, on most "major limited-access highways" between June and July.

To give you a better idea of the number of children who will have to make their way back to school, AAA Mid-Atlantic says 83,000 students at the 111 traditional and public charter schools in D.C. will return to class next Monday. Additionally, 151,289 students will go back to school in Montgomery County, the largest school system in Maryland. AAA says that Montgomery County Public Schools transports 100,000 students on 1,264 buses each school day. In Prince George's County approximately 1,250 school buses will transport more than 80,000 students to and from school along 5,000 bus routes, according to AAA. We're told 125,136 students will return to school in all in that county.


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