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320touring 10-12-2011 07:19 AM

USA Commutes getting longer and more stressful?
An interesting Article from the BBC

BBC News - America's commutes start earlier and last longer

What say you fellows?

Is this accurate?

dcb 10-12-2011 08:48 AM

Not for me

Fat Charlie 10-12-2011 01:06 PM

Story of my life. My record from home to work is 35 minutes, but that was on a Saturday morning back in my bad old days of always standing on the turbo. During rush hour it takes about an hour, which is great because day care opens an hour before work starts. Since I can't just throw the kids out of the car as I drive past, I'm already late before I start.

Hypermiling helps my commute a lot because I'm not desperately trying to gain one car length at a time over a 45 mile run and it only costs me a few minutes.

jamesqf 10-12-2011 01:14 PM

Not for me, either. My "commute" consists of turning on the computer. A friend changed jobs, and reduced her 45+ minute commute to about 5 minutes - and a four-day week, too.

I think these BBC folks are confusing America with a few big metro areas.

cfg83 10-12-2011 02:22 PM

320touring -

Getting a house close to work would have cost ~$200K more, so now I am commutting for about 3 hours a day 4 days a week.

It used to be "better" in the sense that I could drive to work off-peak. The problem now is that I have a meeting every morning so I *have* to be there by X time. This pushes me into some of the worst of the bad traffic, which has made it pretty much impossible to meet my old MPG standards of a few years ago.

I tried early morning commuting last year but I started to have health problems.

As I've said before, I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the commute. I would applaud the site regardless, but I wouldn't have anything to contribute if I wasn't living the life.


MPGranger 10-12-2011 03:15 PM

Southern Maryland is just north of the nations capital.
What's next?
Northern Virginia having congested traffic too!

rkcarguy 10-12-2011 03:57 PM

I'd agree, seems like every day we have more traffic in our area.
The part that burns me is that when school is out it's a breeze...empty roads and 25 minutes for 18 miles to work. School starts, throw in a multitude of intersecting school bus routes and spoiled kids getting the ride in Momma's escalade and the volume easily doubles=45 minutes to cover that same 18 miles:(

Old Tele man 10-12-2011 04:54 PM a manager, I was there BEFORE the work shift began and I was still there AFTER the work shift ended. That meant 0600-1800 workdays.

...however, there was ONE silver lining: my commutes to/from work were before the traffic rush in the AM and after the traffic rush in the PM.

slowmover 10-12-2011 05:17 PM

Much depends on where one lives. The Texas Transportation Institute is the acknowledged "expert" on American rush hour woes, and the best place to look into that question (actually, a set of questions).

Arrow 10-12-2011 06:50 PM

The day when the US can't anymore print it's way out of debt. After that probably higher gas tax in order to "save the planet for our children". Like in Europe.

I think Greece has the most expensive gas in the Europe, around 6.5 euros / Gallon. If you can live with these prices, go ahead and buy a house from the countryside.

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