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(WTOP)   Just in time for $5 gas, a growing number of people are becoming "super commuters"   (wtop.com) divider line 177
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2012-02-27 11:22:53 PM
I can't imagine anything more horrifying than a daily multi-hour commute.
 
2012-02-27 11:41:33 PM
I am whatever the opposite of a super commuter is. My drive is 7 miles. During morning rush hour it takes me 40-50 minutes. Over its life, my car has averaged 23.5 MPH and 19.5 mpg.

So I am what's wrong with America.
 
2012-02-28 12:05:44 AM

Humean_Nature: I can't imagine anything more horrifying than a daily multi-hour commute.


Same here. I've got co-workers who drive 80+ miles in socal traffic to get/from work. They could probably make more money delivering pizzas near their home.

Me, I've got a 0.5 mile commute to work.

/Smug, I has it.

//Bazinga!
 
2012-02-28 01:14:44 AM
biatches, I got you both beat.

I live about 20 feet away from my office.
 
2012-02-28 01:52:05 AM

Warthog: I am whatever the opposite of a super commuter is. My drive is 7 miles. During morning rush hour it takes me 40-50 minutes. Over its life, my car has averaged 23.5 MPH and 19.5 mpg.

So I am what's wrong with America.


Your commute averages ~6 MPH. Do you take long trips to average 23.5 MPH or something?

I myself live in the center of the city, and my work place is on the outskirts of the city, so I average 60 MPH since I never hit traffic. Reverse traffic FTW.
 
2012-02-28 02:15:14 AM
My husband works in Chicago and comes back to MO on the weekends. It's a 6 1/2 drive one way. The kids and I go up sometimes, or we meet up in STL.

It really sucks, actually, so we're moving back to the area in 3 weeks.
 
2012-02-28 05:16:10 AM

Warthog: 40-50 minutes


i think you may have to brush up on your understanding of "opposite". 50 minute commute? sounds horrible to me. i guess i'm spoiled, but i would get pretty frustrated at more than 20 minutes.
 
2012-02-28 05:16:14 AM

Warthog: I am whatever the opposite of a super commuter is. My drive is 7 miles. During morning rush hour it takes me 40-50 minutes. Over its life, my car has averaged 23.5 MPH and 19.5 mpg.

So I am what's wrong with America.


If you lived somewhere it wouldn't be suicide, you could bike the distance in less time.
 
2012-02-28 05:21:16 AM
And this is why I rent.
 
2012-02-28 05:27:44 AM
Once we start getting some of these cage-driving, prisoners to stop driving and to start realizing the importance of bicycling, both for health and environmental reasons, we can start easing the space problems on the roads. I can't count the number of times I have had to swing a bike lock against a paint job of a cager to get them to respect my area of control around my bike. Car-driving people, (especially men!) please pay more attention to the road and not my spandex-covered posterior!
 
2012-02-28 05:27:52 AM
I've been driving 60 miles each way for the last week, for a new job, until I get moved out of my current place this week. 3 hours (with traffic) on the road, a day, makes me want to end myself. And I typically *LIKE* driving. But, my God. So boring. So loathsome.

Not to mention the fact I'm just pissing away money on gas.

/gets to move on Saturday.
//yay
 
2012-02-28 05:31:47 AM
I did it for about 5 months before I went insane. 1 and a 1/12 one way for a $10 an hour job. Nothing like getting out of the car after sitting in it that long, then having to work, then at the end of the day, drive back.

/then I got a job where I could leave at 6:52 and be at work by 7:00. Speeding/Rolling stops cut it down to 4 minutes when I was running late.
 
2012-02-28 05:35:17 AM
With people less mobile because of housing, and with job markets what they are, this should come as no surprise. I'm just glad I don't have to do it.
 
2012-02-28 05:38:37 AM
Totally common here in Japan. And, gas is already about $7/gallon. I currently commute 1 1/2 hours each way. The upside here, though, is that public transit is likely available to get you where you need to go. It might even save time and money if you're willing to sacrifice a little convenience. In any case, I complain about it sometimes taking me 2 hours to get home and no one blinks an eye. My wife- "Is that so hard?" GYAH!
 
2012-02-28 05:40:45 AM
I live 2.3 miles from my work. I get 24.5 MPG.
Why am I paying so much for gas while someone with a huge SUV hauling only his fat a** 20 + miles a day can waste gas?
 
2012-02-28 05:42:06 AM

Accolade: My wife- "Is that so hard?"


That's what she said.
 
2012-02-28 05:42:50 AM
My previous job required a lot of client-to-client driving so I has to have a car. But I got downtown early and came back from downtown early so it wasn't too bad - 30 minutes away. That was about my max.

That is not my situation now - reading Fark on a train leaving Tokyo.

This is better, I think...
 
2012-02-28 05:43:59 AM
I live in tha city. I walk to mah jobby job!
 
2012-02-28 05:48:21 AM
Two days per week my commute is about 20 minutes or 35 if I go in early with all of the other commuters and school traffic. The other 3 (or 4) days of the week, it averages about 10 seconds. I love working from home so much.
 
2012-02-28 05:51:04 AM
If companies were just a little more trusting of their employees, a lot of jobs could be done from home. It's better for everyone - including the employer.

As it is, I work 2 miles from home. I did 10 years driving an hour in each direction and I sincerely hope to never go back to a situation like that.

The thing I noticed working from home and working so close to home is that I just don't have any stress anymore. That benefits my co-workers as well as it does me.
 
2012-02-28 05:54:19 AM
I've known people who work in DC, inside the beltway. The longest commute I had heard of for a long time was a daily ride in from and back out to West Virginia; 3 hours each way, each day. 2+ hour commutes not uncommon up there. Then I met a guy who lived in Pittsburgh and worked in DC. He did have an apartment in the DC area, though.

When I was in DC on a temporary contract job, my commute was 45 minutes, all on the Metro. I was shocked how close I was to DC when I drove in one weekend.

My current commute is now basically the same route I took to college 30 years ago (pretty much all surface roads). The traffic is actually lighter now than it was then. Some companies moved out of downtown, increase in remote workers, better adoption of transit, and the expansion of freeways 15 years ago.
 
2012-02-28 05:54:23 AM

Bunnyhat: biatches, I got you both beat.

I live about 20 feet away from my office.


My office is 2 feet from my bed.

Of course, that often means I'm up at this hour because I lack self-dicipline and haven't gotten my work done during work hours. But then, I only buy gas about once a month, so there's that.
 
2012-02-28 06:00:45 AM
Cell towers dont fix themselves

/40k per year.
 
2012-02-28 06:01:00 AM

Bunnyhat: I live about 20 feet away from my office.


Yeah, I did that for a while. Never again. Work is work and home is home. 5 miles is a little far though, I'd prefer if it was more like 3.

As for "super-commuting", I'd rather be a gay porn bottom for a living and be close to home.
 
2012-02-28 06:02:44 AM
12 minutes each way. No traffic. Can't commute because no one else has to be there at 4am.
 
2012-02-28 06:07:06 AM
I live and work in a smallish town of about 65K people. Six mile commute, I can see cows over four of 'em. Ride my bike a day a day or two a week when it's warm. I'm a pretty lucky guy.
 
2012-02-28 06:07:30 AM

Fizics: Car-driving people, (especially men!) please pay more attention to the road and not my spandex-covered posterior!


Please. You know you love the attention. That's why you wear spandex to begin with.
 
2012-02-28 06:09:19 AM

Dialectic: I live in tha city. I walk to mah jobby job!


We can't all work the corner.
 
2012-02-28 06:13:57 AM

Accolade: Totally common here in Japan. And, gas is already about $7/gallon. I currently commute 1 1/2 hours each way. The upside here, though, is that public transit is likely available to get you where you need to go. It might even save time and money if you're willing to sacrifice a little convenience. In any case, I complain about it sometimes taking me 2 hours to get home and no one blinks an eye. My wife- "Is that so hard?" GYAH!


I've never lived more than a 30min bike ride from work. Currently live about 15mins by bike. I used to have a principal that commuted some two hours each way. Everyday. Showing up to work at 7:00 and usually leaving after 8:00pm. And, yep, no one thought anything of it. Some of my coworkers had husbands who took the train into Tokyo everyday. Two hours by local and still an hour by shinkansen. By that point I have to wonder if the costs of commuting are even worth it. Yeah, the companies reimburse it...usually...but you'll never get that time back.

And how about that thing Japanese companies do where they transfer everyone all other the place at the end of the year? "Hey, Arubaito Taro, you enjoying life working at this branch in the same town as your parent's house? Well, come April we're transferring you to another branch in a Tonari-ken. You can commute two and a half hours each way or get an apartment that will use up your whole salary. Is that ok?"
 
2012-02-28 06:19:56 AM
I used to commute 80 miles, each way, to work. Did that for about a year and a half. It was absolutely miserable. Especially since I work driving buses. I would spend about 11 hours behind the wheel. What a nightmare.

/I listened to a lot of podcasts, and baseball games to pass the time.
//Now live 15 miles away from work. 30 minute commute.
 
2012-02-28 06:25:55 AM
I "commute" less than 20 feet from my bed to my office. And yes, i"m married, and yes, we actually do have quite a big place. Been doing this for 10+ years. Gas costs $9+ per gallon here, and I'm happy to spend it, since I use the car only for fun.
 
2012-02-28 06:28:07 AM
About six miles each way, all city.

Commuting by motorcycle takes me 15-20 minutes.
Doing the same in the car takes anywhere between 35 minutes and one hour.
The company I work for pays for my gas. They are happy when I get to ride the bike.

/ I am the 1%
 
2012-02-28 06:34:12 AM
I've been entertaining some job offers. My shop/office where I'm self employed is 6 miles away, 12 minute drive.

For all the offers, I figure anything over that is work time, plus mileage.

It seems to work out better to keep working for myself.
 
2012-02-28 06:36:56 AM
YAY! It's that time of year again when we recycle every farking $5 gas story.
 
2012-02-28 06:42:44 AM
I'm about 35 miles from my office but it's only a 30 minute trip on the Metra train. Much better than trying to drive and a lot better than living in the city and taking the CTA
 
2012-02-28 06:45:52 AM
€49.50 a month for my monthly U-Bahn pass

Never more, never less.

No insurance, no upkeep.

Gets me anywhere in and around the city faster than a car would. Plus you can drink on the train.


Suck it, America.
 
2012-02-28 06:55:40 AM

Bunnyhat: biatches, I got you both beat.

I live about 20 feet away from my office.


I used to have a 90 minute commute and am now only a five minute walk from work. What a world of difference. The stress just melted away.
 
2012-02-28 07:02:12 AM
I used to live in Tucson and studied/worked at the University of Arizona. I was a 10 minute bike commute from campus, which was nice (just out of range of all the student housing).

After I graduated, I moved in with my wife who lived in Phoenix and worked full-time for a year at the university in Tucson. I would drive down from Phoenix on Monday morning (1.5 hours), park at a friends house, bike to work, bike back, and then crash on their couch for the week (I'd bring beer, cook, and fix computers in exchange for the couch). On Friday I'd drive back to Phoenix. I did that for about a year. It was fun while it lasted, allowed me to save a ton of money, but I wouldn't want to do it again.

My wife and I now live in Bern, Switzerland. Our apartment is two minutes from the local train station. I have a five minute commute to the main station, and a two minute walk from the station to the university where I'm working on my masters. It's entirely too awesome.

Think of how much time and resources are wasted by people commuting multiple hours per day. That's no fun at all.
 
2012-02-28 07:03:17 AM
Living in a very rural state (Vermont), we have some people who commute 60 miles+ to work each day. We even had one guy who came here from New Hampshire every day once.

/Luckily my commute's only about 8 miles.
//I know one guy a work keeps his long commute because it means he has to spend less time with his wife
 
2012-02-28 07:03:59 AM
1 1/2 to 2 hour commute is old-school 70s and 80s commuting is Southern California. It was rather common in the Bay Area in the 80s and 90s. If you make it your time to listen to music, it's OK. If you listen to talk.radio, your brain will turn to mush.

And by music, I do not mean random short-play-list pop music.
 
2012-02-28 07:05:18 AM
I drove 62 miles each way to work for about 9 months, and 3 tolls each way, worst experience of my life.
I currently drive about 18 miles each way, sure can't complain seeing how I only need to fill up about every 2 weeks. All that money you save by taking the high paying job and living in the low cost house won't make up for the stress, especially if you live in a region that snows.
 
2012-02-28 07:06:19 AM
A lot of people in my office are doing this. Of course, the government moved an entire base of people 6 hours north, and a lot have ties to the old area they couldn't break or houses that they cannot sell. They were running a bus for the weekend for the first several months - I think it has stopped now.
Really, the time split SUCKS. However, gas? A hole in the wall right by work + a 6 hour weekend commute is about the same gas as 5 days of the old city commute.
 
2012-02-28 07:08:04 AM

fredbox: Warthog: I am whatever the opposite of a super commuter is. My drive is 7 miles. During morning rush hour it takes me 40-50 minutes. Over its life, my car has averaged 23.5 MPH and 19.5 mpg.

So I am what's wrong with America.

If you lived somewhere it wouldn't be suicide, you could bike the distance in less time.


If he or she doesn't want to smell like ass all day, they'd have to plan in some sort of shower/change facility. That adds an easy 15-30 minutes right there on top of what would likely work out to be around 20-25 minutes of biking or so at a decent pace of around 18MPH (average). So 35-55 minutes for commute time, which is about the same as driving.

The health benefits, on the other hand, are much greater than being stuck in a car for 1.5 hours a day, unless of course you get hit by a car and die or are seriously injured, which can happen much more easily while on your bike.
 
2012-02-28 07:08:20 AM

Fizics: Once we start getting some of these cage-driving, prisoners to stop driving and to start realizing the importance of bicycling, both for health and environmental reasons, we can start easing the space problems on the roads. I can't count the number of times I have had to swing a bike lock against a paint job of a cager to get them to respect my area of control around my bike. Car-driving people, (especially men!) please pay more attention to the road and not my spandex-covered posterior!


The drivers are likely staring at you because they have heard and are keeping an eye out for some crazy biatch with her ass probably spilling hideously out of her spandex who bikes town around swinging a bike lock at cars that don't give her enough space on the road.
 
2012-02-28 07:10:29 AM
And, just in time for 5 dollar gas, all of us on a 'ramen budget' (not the insurance commercial 'ramen budget' that assumes you can spend 400 a mo. on their cheapest policy--screw Allstate) are now stuck in our homes. Thanks, speculators-- I really enjoy walking 5 mi. both ways to buy a carton of milk!

/'occupy' protestors, protest THIS inequality
//some of us don't live in NYC and thus can't walk everywhere; some of us have NO public transit to use
/some of us are also disabled and can't get by w/o our cars
 
2012-02-28 07:14:09 AM
ok, raise your hand if you clicked the link wondering what $5 gas had to do with people becoming super computers....
 
2012-02-28 07:15:55 AM
thegoodmind.org
 
2012-02-28 07:17:10 AM
I used to live close enough to work that I could walk it (every day, even in the snow, because I'm too cheap to pay the $50/mo for parking) - between that and driving a hybrid, I filled up on gas about once every 6 weeks.

My current commute is 6 miles or so, but any day now I'm expecting an offer from a place about 1.5 miles from my house. With spring coming, gas prices through the roof, and a much shorter distance, I guess it's time to tune up the old bicycle...

/ Hates commuting
// Still waiting for the day my commute is measured in feet
 
2012-02-28 07:17:21 AM

Haruko_Haruhara: And, just in time for 5 dollar gas, all of us on a 'ramen budget' (not the insurance commercial 'ramen budget' that assumes you can spend 400 a mo. on their cheapest policy--screw Allstate) are now stuck in our homes. Thanks, speculators-- I really enjoy walking 5 mi. both ways to buy a carton of milk!

/'occupy' protestors, protest THIS inequality
//some of us don't live in NYC and thus can't walk everywhere; some of us have NO public transit to use
/some of us are also disabled and can't get by w/o our cars


You sound like a "soon to have".
 
2012-02-28 07:22:57 AM
This has happened to a few employees where I work. Department "consolidation" (layoffs as part of making the company more efficient) means in order to avoid being laid off they're now commuting to Buffalo, instead of Rochester, NY. The few who are left consider it a temporary thing until they can find another job.
 
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