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(CNN)   Over a half a million Americans travel more than 90 minutes each way to work; Atlantans only wish they were that lucky   (money.cnn.com) divider line 172
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2013-03-05 09:49:16 PM  
Half a mill?
Doesn't sound like a lot.
Seems like NYC, LA alone.
 
2013-03-05 10:18:40 PM  
Mega-commute?  More like a a moron-commute.
 
2013-03-06 12:03:24 AM  
That's it?
 
2013-03-06 12:08:27 AM  
Worked for a little over a year about 55 miles from where I was living at the time, fortunately mostly toll road so no traffic really, just a long way... on top of that, was crossing timezones.

Happy to be 10 minutes from work now.
 
2013-03-06 12:16:59 AM  
10 minutes, 15 max depending on traffic and if I feel like being a dick and going the speed limit on the one back road (there's a reason for my dickishness, i've been pulled over for sleeding on that stretch in the past).
 
2013-03-06 12:32:07 AM  

SilentStrider: i've been pulled over for sleeding on that stretch in the past


I hate sleeders. I hope the cops gave you a big, fat sleeding ticket.

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My commute is 45 minutes one way for me. I'd like to have a shorter commute, but I really don't like the city my job is located in.
 
2013-03-06 12:34:06 AM  

PacManDreaming: SilentStrider: i've been pulled over for sleeding on that stretch in the past

I hate sleeders. I hope the cops gave you a big, fat sleeding ticket.

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My commute is 45 minutes one way for me. I'd like to have a shorter commute, but I really don't like the city my job is located in.


I hate typos I don't catch. *facepalm*
 
2013-03-06 12:36:46 AM  
Takes me about 30 minutes in the morning and less than 20 in the evening. It isn't a far drive though, there just isn't a straight way to get there.
 
2013-03-06 12:45:24 AM  
Don't forget this guy - A Bronx HS of Science student living in Queens officially has one of the longest school commutes on the planet - a journey of more than five hours each day

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/queens/in_for_the_long_haul_Vtd5i Mf Go73IiFdkbU7KWO
 
2013-03-06 12:52:31 AM  
Hail Atlantans!

/♫  Way down, below the Mason-Dixon.... ♫
 
2013-03-06 12:58:46 AM  
Or, in DC Beltway terms, "a little over five miles"
 
2013-03-06 01:03:10 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Hail Atlantans!

/♫  Way down, below the Mason-Dixon.... ♫



NO.

www.sonofthesouth.net
 
2013-03-06 01:21:57 AM  
I go to school in Athens and work in Marietta so I'm really getting a kick...
 
2013-03-06 01:37:33 AM  

DON.MAC: Mega-commute?  More like a a moron-commute.


wut?
 
2013-03-06 02:38:07 AM  

SilentStrider: I hate typos I don't catch.


That's exactly how the police feel about sleeders.

Anyway, my commute is about 20 min. each way. I live in the "Greater Washington Metropolitan Region", or whatever, though just barely by most standards, and I commute the opposite of most traffic, i.e. away from Washington in the morning, and toward it at night.
 
2013-03-06 03:30:12 AM  
I remember as a teen visiting my uncle in Bakersfield.  I was looking at auto trader, and shocked at all the cars that were 2 years old and had 100k+ miles already.  He told me a lot of people who live in Bakersfield actually work in Los Angeles (100 miles away), and commute up over the mountain to and from work each day.
 
2013-03-06 06:04:42 AM  
For reference, there are something like 300 million adults in the US and something like 90% of those are employed.  So "over half a million Americans" is basically one in 500 people.

//That said, wtf, people.  Mass transit.
 
2013-03-06 06:04:47 AM  
It's just about an hour door to door for me. Train time is only 42-46 minutes, depending on whether I catch the first or second transfer.

At least I don't live in a 40m2 apartment.
 
2013-03-06 06:05:34 AM  
13 miles. At night. No traffic.

What do I win?
 
2013-03-06 06:06:07 AM  
Technically my commute is 2.5 hours, but I only do it once a week. I work from home the rest of the week.

The housing market is starting to pick up, maybe I'll move.
 
2013-03-06 06:08:48 AM  
I do 90 minutes to work each way. Not a problem. Half an hour of that is a healthy walk to the local train station, and the rest of it is reading a book in the train to the main station and the train to the next town.

When I worked in the centre of the city I live in, the bus stopped in front of my house and in front of work. With traffic, it generally added up to well over two and a half hours in total, when you factor in waiting almost an hour in the evening for a bus that was supposed to be every ten minutes.

In both cases, traffic congestion and ridiculous parking fees make driving a total non starter.
 
2013-03-06 06:12:14 AM  
Two hours door-to-door, but I wouldn't live in NYC for anything. I like my space and yard.

/on train now
 
2013-03-06 06:15:00 AM  
2 minutes from my bedroom to my home office.
 
2013-03-06 06:18:01 AM  

Jim_Callahan: For reference, there are something like 300 million adults in the US and something like 90% of those are employed.  So "over half a million Americans" is basically one in 500 people.

//That said, wtf, people.  Mass transit.


youre not good at statistics. 90% employed? so there are no elderly or kids in the US any more?
 
2013-03-06 06:18:36 AM  
I prefer to live reasonably close to where I work. Which is Silicon Valley, which is why I rent, will never own anything, and will end up in the dumpster diving team retirement home.

Life is short. Time wasted in traffic is time that I could be using to complain on the internet.
 
2013-03-06 06:21:18 AM  
I know two people that I've worked with that commute from the Poconos to NYC just so they can afford a house.

/three + hours for them on a packed bus.. No thanks
 
2013-03-06 06:24:41 AM  
The Lost City of Atlanta does not exist.  It's an optical illusion caused by fumes mixing with vapor from the freeway asphalt.

/ we can only hope
 
2013-03-06 06:28:11 AM  
Jim_Callahan:
//That said, wtf, people.  Mass transit.

Mass Transit. In Atlanta. It works for some, but there is none that can substitute for most of the commute routes between suburbs. (Over the years, lots of companies that have been closer in have relocated further out, especially warehousing and distribution, but even the "Atlanta" newspapers are outside the city).

Most of it is the "Not Through/Into My Back Yard" politics of mass transit in Georgia.

I currently drive downtown, but we have free parking and are not directly on (or even close to) the MARTA rail "spines." In different circumstances, I'd use mass transit.
 
2013-03-06 06:30:15 AM  

Father_Jack: Jim_Callahan: For reference, there are something like 300 million adults in the US and something like 90% of those are employed.  So "over half a million Americans" is basically one in 500 people.

//That said, wtf, people.  Mass transit.

youre not good at statistics. 90% employed? so there are no elderly or kids in the US any more?


Fair point, I was excluding children but not the elderly.  So more like 1 in 300, say.  Still a fraction of a percent, so not really sure what you're biatching about, but sure, there's a more pedantic number for you.
 
2013-03-06 06:30:54 AM  
Well, yeah, they live at the bottom of the ocean. Of course it takes a while.
 
2013-03-06 06:31:35 AM  
i263.photobucket.com

Not mine - wish I knew who made it
 
2013-03-06 06:37:08 AM  
During a time where I didn't have a car, I got a job where I was forced to use mass transit.  It took two buses and two hours to go about ten miles.  Amazingly I did that for a year until I could finally afford a car.  I couldn't imagine doing it for years and years but I know a lot of people who do.

/ten minutes now, seven's my record
//would take less if not for the large river and major interstate between my place and the office
 
2013-03-06 06:40:13 AM  
my drives down ponce to get her to earthlink ended up costing me fourteen hours per week, that was two round trips at rush five days.

this "atlantean" stuff is cockodile tear bullshiat
 
2013-03-06 06:45:34 AM  
50 minutes for me...would be 45 but New York likes to use traffic signals with busted-ass timing...at empty intersections in the middle of the night...as revenue generators.

Even without cops camping out at the signals in hopes of extracting their pound of flesh, all that extra idling burns through a lot of gas. More gas-tax revenue for the state! I figure I burn through a tank or two every year this way, and with the state taking its 50-cent-a-gallon cut that's another 20 bucks in their endless campaign of nickel-and-diming the shiat out of people, as they figure (rightly enough) that people won't realize how badly they're being farked if the state takes a little bit of money a hundred different ways.
 
2013-03-06 06:49:35 AM  
19 miles, one traffic light.
 
2013-03-06 06:49:35 AM  

DownDaRiver: Half a mill?
Doesn't sound like a lot.
Seems like NYC, LA alone.


Yeah- half a million - out of a population of 300 million. Personally I'd have to have a very convincing reason to do that kind of commute, but I've worked with people who commuted 60 miles to/from work and given traffic their commutes probably took that long on occasion.

The longest commute I ever did regularly was about 30 minutes It was just something I dealt with at the time. Work was in an "interesting" place. I could have moved closer but I would have either ended up living in a shiathole with crackheads or a very very expensive neighborhood that I really couldn't afford.

If my commute got up to 90 minutes, I might consider getting a 2nd place to live - one for during the week and one that was my "real" home. I've even known a couple of people who did that. it's a situation that they considered temporary and they were either looking for a job closer to their real home or trying to find a decent home near their job.
 
2013-03-06 06:49:56 AM  
Atlantan here. 1 mile from work... 10 minutes by bicycle. I used to do the 90 minute commute thing and it just made more sense to move closer.
 
2013-03-06 06:50:08 AM  
10 minutes away from work now... It's dreamy. Lunch is better at home.

/CSB on: Hit by a deer in Atlanta during 5pm rush hour traffic way back in the 90's... Farker jumped on mah van @ about 40MPH... bounced off, didn't get hit by another vehicle and bounded back off the road. Me= WTF?! Deer hair all over the side of the van. CSB off.
 
2013-03-06 06:50:45 AM  
Forward-thinking leaders decentralize their offices to the 'burbs or allow telecommuting and take full advantage of tech available to eliminate the needless energy waste and frustrations.

The problem is those useless egotistical stubborn old coots that insist on running their business in an office tower in a downtown, and actually obtain satisfaction from being able to look out on row upon row of worker bees in their cubicles.

Farking Luddites need to be put out to pasture. Age does not always equate to wisdom.
 
2013-03-06 06:52:40 AM  
I'm a solid 40 minutes from work if I leave the house before 6:15am. If I were to leave at 7 or so, it would be well over an hour. But I work from home three days a week, so, you know... suck it!
 
2013-03-06 06:55:02 AM  

dragonchild: The Lost City of Atlanta does not exist.  It's an optical illusion caused by fumes mixing with vapor from the freeway asphalt.

/ we can only hope


Also the quality people ran away. Ted Turner, Hank Aaron, Jeff Foxworthy, the guy who invented Coca Cola, the magician, and the so-called other gods of our legends, though gods they were -- and also, Jane Fonda was there.
 
2013-03-06 06:56:09 AM  

log_jammin: DON.MAC: Mega-commute?  More like a a moron-commute.

wut?


If y
 
2013-03-06 06:58:08 AM  

adm_crunch: log_jammin: DON.MAC: Mega-commute?  More like a a moron-commute.

wut?

If y


Damn iPhone.
What I was trying to say was...

If you live that far from work, you either need to move closer to work or find a job closer to home.
 
2013-03-06 06:58:33 AM  
Mrs. God travels 120 mile round trip a day (fortunately mostly interstate). If it weren't for the fact that damned awesome health insurance for the fairly is 35.00 per month, I'd make her quit...
 
2013-03-06 06:58:53 AM  

adm_crunch: log_jammin: DON.MAC: Mega-commute?  More like a a moron-commute.

wut?

If y


Then z?
 
2013-03-06 07:04:08 AM  
My uncle lives in Martinsburg WV and commutes to DC everyday. He's crazy though.

/5 minutes is what I shaved my commute to, typically it's 10 minutes because of traffic
 
2013-03-06 07:04:36 AM  
 I live 1300 feet from work. It's a mixed blessing.
 
2013-03-06 07:05:51 AM  

Gulper Eel: 50 minutes for me...would be 45 but New York likes to use traffic signals with busted-ass timing...at empty intersections in the middle of the night...as revenue generators.

Even without cops camping out at the signals in hopes of extracting their pound of flesh, all that extra idling burns through a lot of gas. More gas-tax revenue for the state! I figure I burn through a tank or two every year this way, and with the state taking its 50-cent-a-gallon cut that's another 20 bucks in their endless campaign of nickel-and-diming the shiat out of people, as they figure (rightly enough) that people won't realize how badly they're being farked if the state takes a little bit of money a hundred different ways.


I think you could win an election by saying you'd make all traffic lights blink after 9PM to 6AM. Treat it like a stop sign one way and a caution the other way.
 
2013-03-06 07:09:31 AM  
11 minutes, driveway to parking lot. Between 4.3 and 4.7 miles, depending on my route. No interstate, no gridlock.

I don't know if I'd take a pay cut to keep this commute, but it would take a pretty substantial raise to convince me to leave it.
 
2013-03-06 07:11:31 AM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: Forward-thinking leaders decentralize their offices to the 'burbs or allow telecommuting and take full advantage of tech available to eliminate the needless energy waste and frustrations.

The problem is those useless egotistical stubborn old coots that insist on running their business in an office tower in a downtown, and actually obtain satisfaction from being able to look out on row upon row of worker bees in their cubicles.

Farking Luddites need to be put out to pasture. Age does not always equate to wisdom.



Not that simple.


I work as a project manager for software and IT projects. Colocation makes a great many things easier. Yes, you *can* do it all remotely, but it takes longer, there's more room for miscommunication, longer lag times between questions and their solutions...


Having an onsite location isn't just about management hubris. Indeed read up on yahoo's doing away with telecommuting, and how the employees are supportive of it since it was abused.


Working from home now and again is fine but you need have groups collaborating and collocated at least part of the time.
 
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