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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.
 
2013-03-06 07:16:14 AM

adm_crunch: If you live that far from work, you either need to move closer to work or find a job closer to home.


as someone who watched his dad get up at 3:00 am everyday so he could be at work at 7, for about 35 years, I can tell you that isn't always possible. especially when you work construction.
 
2013-03-06 07:27:39 AM

adm_crunch: 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.


This can be difficult. Some of us work in fairly specialized fields where finding a new job can be a serious hassle. Also, my office is in leased space; I'm not going to move closer (even assuming that it weren't on a shiatty neighborhood) just to have it move. I work with two or three people with ~90 min commutes.

/30-40 on the train
 
2013-03-06 07:31:42 AM

adm_crunch: 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.


Not all of us are baristas, skippy.
 
2013-03-06 07:35:17 AM

Deep Contact: 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.


Most of the messed-up lights are at malls and other retail areas, and I get why they might want to have signals active if there's a movie letting out at 1am or something, and since I'm in a distant NYC suburb I get why more than a few people would be rolling at 5am...but at 3-4am when I'm on my way in, everything's closed, and nobody's even taking deliveries for another couple hours, that's a WTF-is-this-shiat right there when I have to stop and sit 30 seconds here, 30 seconds there, for nothing.
 
2013-03-06 07:37:48 AM
I live in Atlanta but commute just outside the perimeter. It takes me about 15 minutes each way, during rush hour.

Also, Marta is not only inconvenient (it runs in the shape of a cross and covers limited areas) but unreliable and not entirely safe. I wouldn't use it even if I didn't have such a short commute.
 
2013-03-06 07:40:26 AM
This Atlantans reverse commutes to the burbs. It's a 35 minute drive going 80mph and looking at the other side of I-85 as a parking lot heading intown. It would probably be easier professionally for me to live in the burbs but for everything nonwork related it's better where I'm at. Plus the wife only works 8 miles away in Midtown so it's no option for her.
 
2013-03-06 07:41:00 AM
My husband and I both work in Boston (well, Cambridge and Brookline) and there is no way we would be able to afford to live where we work.  7 miles from my husband's work and 14 miles from mine is well under half the cost of a similar sized home in the Boston area proper and because we both work early and leave early, it comes out to a 35 min or so commute for me with normal traffic.  But yeah, we weren't about to pay $1 mil for a house in Boston that could be had for <$300k just a few miles away.  Anyone who commutes into Boston with a commute much longer than that, though, is farking crazy.  Can't believe all the morons who commute from New Hampshire.
 
2013-03-06 07:41:13 AM
the worst commute i ever had was 35 minutes to work and sometimes up to an hour and a half coming home, that was a pain in the ass and to make it worse i didn't even like that job.  i can't stand commuting to work, i feel it is just wasted time when i could be doing something more constructive.  right now i am living the dream:  my commute to and from work is about 2 minutes each way, i live less than a mile from my job.
 
2013-03-06 07:43:26 AM
My commute in the morning is 15-20 minutes, but it is all surface streets.  Takes about 30-40 on the way home, and if it rains? I may as well park up at the bar and sleep in my car.

With as much as it rains here in Atlanta, people sure cannot drive in it.
 
2013-03-06 07:43:28 AM
Quitting work today because I'm no longer willing to dedicate half my day to travel and work. (1 hour each way at best).. getting a kick... or getting kicked out?
 
2013-03-06 07:46:23 AM

Studson: I live in Atlanta but commute just outside the perimeter. It takes me about 15 minutes each way, during rush hour.

Also, Marta is not only inconvenient (it runs in the shape of a cross and covers limited areas) but unreliable and not entirely safe. I wouldn't use it even if I didn't have such a short commute.


Meh. I know women that daily ride from Decatur to Intown and as long as you're just on the train I'm not sure what you have to worry about. If you hung around the platform at Bankhead or sold drugs outside Five Points then I can see I rode it daily for about four years and was once offered a BJ in exchange for a bucket of chicken. Good times.

But it does have an inconvenient layout and fark the busses. I hate those.
 
2013-03-06 07:50:12 AM

Studson: I live in Atlanta but commute just outside the perimeter. It takes me about 15 minutes each way, during rush hour.

Also, Marta is not only inconvenient (it runs in the shape of a cross and covers limited areas) but unreliable and not entirely safe. I wouldn't use it even if I didn't have such a short commute.


MARTA? Moving Afro Rapidly Through Atlanta?
 
2013-03-06 07:52:33 AM
Work from home when I want, go in when I want...10 minutes drive in. What do I win?
 
2013-03-06 07:54:21 AM

Rapmaster2000: Meh. I know women that daily ride from Decatur to Intown and as long as you're just on the train I'm not sure what you have to worry about. If you hung around the platform at Bankhead or sold drugs outside Five Points then I can see I rode it daily for about four years and was once offered a BJ in exchange for a bucket of chicken. Good times.


Pht. I live in Phila and use the Market / Frankford line through West Phila. You're all weak.
 
2013-03-06 07:56:53 AM
longest commute i ever endured was from the east bay down to mountain view. man that sucked. was over an hr each way easy.

lasted about 6 weeks before i went faaaaaark this. and took a job in SF instead.
 
2013-03-06 07:59:44 AM
My commute is 75-90 minutes and 102 miles one way, and after being laid off for 11 months I'm happy to make that drive.  I don't complain one bit.

As others above have said, I'm in a very specialized field.  Unfortunately cannot move closer to my job as I also have a family farm to run.

/Fark the ATL.  What a shiathole.
 
2013-03-06 08:00:14 AM

Happy Hours: Studson: I live in Atlanta but commute just outside the perimeter. It takes me about 15 minutes each way, during rush hour.

Also, Marta is not only inconvenient (it runs in the shape of a cross and covers limited areas) but unreliable and not entirely safe. I wouldn't use it even if I didn't have such a short commute.

MARTA? Moving Afro Rapidly Through Atlanta?


My favorite thing about this joke is that in the 30 years I've heard it has two facets.

1. The person telling it never lives in Atlanta. These are the people that I imagine say Hotlanta which is another way to get groans from the locals.
2. The person telling it seems to think they're busting out an original and witty zinger. If you hear it in person, you can see the sparkle in their eye as they unleash it followed by the anxious pause as they wait patiently for thunderous applause.
 
2013-03-06 08:01:29 AM
Another Atlanta suburbanite here... my commute is only 3 miles, but it's right in the main path between I-85 and GA-400, and there are about 7 traffic lights on this one little stretch.

Oddly enough, whether I take my car or my bike, it's 15-20 minutes either way.  Sometimes 30 in the rain.
 
2013-03-06 08:01:43 AM
My commute is a 5 minute walk, so I'm getting a kick out of this.
 
2013-03-06 08:03:21 AM
I envy my father.  His architectural office was a five-minute drive downtown for several years until the firm outgrew the building, then he could walk to work on nice days.  I doubt I'll ever have that luxury.

/semi-retirement means he only goes in four days a week
 
2013-03-06 08:05:13 AM
Athens to Atl, 55 miles, ~60 mins.  Peach Pass for the win.  Once they finish up the construction on 316, I'll have so much free time, I'll have to pick up a new hobby.
 
2013-03-06 08:09:09 AM
120 miles each way, but only once a week. I just stay with my brother during the week and go home on weekends. Bike to the office from his house. Not great but I really do like the people I work with.
 
2013-03-06 08:10:03 AM
I have to drive an hour both ways.  The problem is living in a rural state with only a handful of towns that have decent jobs.  Wife works in one town, I work in another so we live in between the two.
 
2013-03-06 08:12:31 AM
What is this "commute" you speak of?

I have a 12 minute walk. Except when there is 12" of new snow on the ground - then it's 18 minutes.
On the rare occasions I do decide to drive, it's about 4 minutes.

Everyone should live closer to work.
 
2013-03-06 08:12:56 AM
I just drove for 25 minutes to get to work. I might just pack it all up and work from home today. I have one thing that needs to be done here in person today. Otherwise, my entire working environment can be replicated from home using VPN or WebDAV.
 
2013-03-06 08:13:43 AM

Father_Jack: 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.



For my job this can all be done via instant message.  In fact even when we're sitting in the same room we all still just IM each other.  IT pro's are typically not social butterflies.
 
2013-03-06 08:15:56 AM

Altair: I go to school in Athens and work in Marietta so I'm really getting a kick...


Damn.

Tell me that is not but a few times a month...
 
2013-03-06 08:16:53 AM
58 miles commute one way for me. Used to be worse but then I moved closer.

/cry
 
2013-03-06 08:17:41 AM

axeeugene: What is this "commute" you speak of?

I have a 12 minute walk. Except when there is 12" of new snow on the ground - then it's 18 minutes.
On the rare occasions I do decide to drive, it's about 4 minutes.

Everyone should live closer to work.


I used to live across the street from one place I worked. 5 minutes.

JohnNS: Quitting work today because I'm no longer willing to dedicate half my day to travel and work. (1 hour each way at best).. getting a kick... or getting kicked out?


It just amazes me how many people don't factor the expense of their commute into their employment decisions. I proved to a friend of mine once that, with wear & tear & gas & insurance and his TIME, he could afford the extra $ to live within walking distance of his job, and he said, "No it's cheaper to live out there." He just couldn't get it.
 
2013-03-06 08:20:29 AM
Currently have an 11 mile commute, typically takes about 15 minutes.  My options when I got my job were to either live in the small crappy town that the plant is in, or live in Tallahassee and drive 40-45 miles one way to work.  I decided to take the short drive.

Longest one way drive I've had is 81 miles, back when I was in construction.  I would leave the house around 5 to get to the job site at 7.  I did that for about a year, which pretty much killed my car.
 
2013-03-06 08:20:34 AM

AlwaysRightBoy: Two hours door-to-door, but I wouldn't live in NYC for anything. I like my space and yard.

/on train now


The yard you never get to see because your entire day is spent either at work or commuting to/from work?
 
2013-03-06 08:21:07 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.


I take mass transit (1 mi drive to parking lot, bus and T into work) and I'm right on the edge of 90 minutes.  Today was 75 getting in (6:30->7:45AM).

/work from one 1 day a week
//used to drive in, taking the bus is a lot more comfortable since I can sleep/work/read on the way and I don't have to deal with Boston traffic
 
2013-03-06 08:21:16 AM
Someone should invent some sort of large vehicle to carry large groups of people that can cover moderate distances without delays. It would be really slick if you could create a private network for these vehicles to travel on to further reduce delays.  Also if you could make them powered by electricity that would be good too.
 
2013-03-06 08:24:26 AM
Commutes from Baltimore to Arlington each day. 40mins in the morning (@4am), 2 hours going home on a good day. I wish public transport was an option for me. My car is a year old and already has 25K miles on it. Putting my house up for rent and getting an apartment (box)  in DC. I can't wait to have a 15 min commute during rush hour.

/Metro is great when it works
//Metro sucks when it doesn't work
 
2013-03-06 08:25:41 AM

DubtodaIll: Someone should invent some sort of large vehicle to carry large groups of people that can cover moderate distances without delays. It would be really slick if you could create a private network for these vehicles to travel on to further reduce delays.  Also if you could make them powered by electricity that would be good too.



Weirdo.
 
2013-03-06 08:26:35 AM

LDM90: 13 miles. At night. No traffic.

What do I win?


A deer to the grille.
 
2013-03-06 08:28:35 AM
Traded in my ITP 25 minute commute for a 45 min-1 hr one way OTP to North Ave & never regretted it. I miss absolutely nothing about living ITP Atlanta. Living in the urban core is a vastly overrated experience.
 
2013-03-06 08:31:22 AM

Rapmaster2000: This Atlantans reverse commutes to the burbs. It's a 35 minute drive going 80mph and looking at the other side of I-85 as a parking lot heading intown. It would probably be easier professionally for me to live in the burbs but for everything nonwork related it's better where I'm at. Plus the wife only works 8 miles away in Midtown so it's no option for her.


I've been spoiled by my commute (Buckhead to Chamblee) for the past year and now my little startup company has been acquired and we're moving to Alpharetta.  Really don't want to move to the 'burbs yet plus the girlfriend is a grad student at Emory.  Looks like I'll be braving 400 N everyday, not excited.
 
2013-03-06 08:31:28 AM
When I was little we lived in the Decatur area... Mom was a flight attendant, and so she was based out of Atlanta. Then my dad ended up getting a job in small town Alabama, and we moved. Mom ended up having to commute three hours each way, several times a month. How she put up with it is beyond me.

Later moved to Kentucky, so she transferred to Cinci. Not nearly as long a drive.
 
2013-03-06 08:35:28 AM

Rapmaster2000: Happy Hours: Studson: I live in Atlanta but commute just outside the perimeter. It takes me about 15 minutes each way, during rush hour.

Also, Marta is not only inconvenient (it runs in the shape of a cross and covers limited areas) but unreliable and not entirely safe. I wouldn't use it even if I didn't have such a short commute.

MARTA? Moving Afro Rapidly Through Atlanta?

My favorite thing about this joke is that in the 30 years I've heard it has two facets.

1. The person telling it never lives in Atlanta. These are the people that I imagine say Hotlanta which is another way to get groans from the locals.
2. The person telling it seems to think they're busting out an original and witty zinger. If you hear it in person, you can see the sparkle in their eye as they unleash it followed by the anxious pause as they wait patiently for thunderous applause.


Hey, even James Howard Kunstler busted it out in his book  The City in Mind when talking about MARTA and the Mall of Georgia.

Also, I gotta weigh in with the fact that I did a Dawsonville to Dunwoody commute for 5 years.  Ugh.
 
2013-03-06 08:35:58 AM
Just got a new job (much much nicer) and will have to drive an hour each way for 6 months until I can go to the NYC offices to work.  The train will be my friend.
 
2013-03-06 08:39:34 AM
The costs as well as the risks of daily commutes were considerations when I did the math for taking an early retirement.  Had countless close calls with fellow 'Floridiots" who seemed determined to hospitalize me.

/car now stays in the garage most of the time

//your feet can stay off my lawn
 
2013-03-06 08:40:08 AM

SpacemanSpoof: Another Atlanta suburbanite here... my commute is only 3 miles, but it's right in the main path between I-85 and GA-400, and there are about 7 traffic lights on this one little stretch.

Oddly enough, whether I take my car or my bike, it's 15-20 minutes either way.  Sometimes 30 in the rain.


I'd walk.
 
2013-03-06 08:40:47 AM

Rapmaster2000: Happy Hours: Studson: I live in Atlanta but commute just outside the perimeter. It takes me about 15 minutes each way, during rush hour.

Also, Marta is not only inconvenient (it runs in the shape of a cross and covers limited areas) but unreliable and not entirely safe. I wouldn't use it even if I didn't have such a short commute.

MARTA? Moving Afro Rapidly Through Atlanta?

My favorite thing about this joke is that in the 30 years I've heard it has two facets.

1. The person telling it never lives in Atlanta. These are the people that I imagine say Hotlanta which is another way to get groans from the locals.
2. The person telling it seems to think they're busting out an original and witty zinger. If you hear it in person, you can see the sparkle in their eye as they unleash it followed by the anxious pause as they wait patiently for thunderous applause.


Well, you're partially right. I don't live in Atlanta (and neve'r have), but seeing as I first heard it a few decades ago, I'm under no illusions that it's original or even all that witty. I just figured this was Fark so someone had to say it.

As for Hot;lanta I only use that when referring to this Link

I've only spent one night in Atlanta and that was courtesy of Delta. I had a connecting flight from there but the weather was bad and it didn't take a crystal ball to tell that there was no way I would make it even before I left Phlly (Filthadelphia, city of brotherly shove - happy? I dissed a Northern town with a worn out cliche too).

Delta said if I opted to not take the flight that would only get me halfway to my final desitnation I would have to buy my own hotel room, but if they stranded me in Atlanta they would put me up in a seedy motel across the street from a whorehouse....and they did.

So I checked in, walked down to the lobby and said "Where is a bar?"

The idiot behind the desk said he had no idea, so I walk outside and look around. There's a farking bar right next door. What an asshole.  And there really was a whorehouse across the street.
 
2013-03-06 08:40:57 AM
It was 2.5 hours to my office in Atlanta.

'Course I live in Birmingham, and only did it twice a month, so . . . csb?


/ got nuttin'
 
2013-03-06 08:42:43 AM
It takes about 20 seconds to walk from my bedroom to my office.

It can be a real hassle and quadruple my travel time if I stop at the bathroom or in the kitchen.
 
2013-03-06 08:44:16 AM
I knew I would likely work in the downtown area of the community I moved to.  So I bought a cheap house about half a mile from downtown.  Then my office moved to two-and-a-half blocks away.  My commute is a five-minute walk.  I go home on my lunch break and, if the weather's nice, grill burgers.

I could not be more smug about this.
 
2013-03-06 08:44:57 AM

TheSelphie: My husband and I both work in Boston (well, Cambridge and Brookline) and there is no way we would be able to afford to live where we work.  7 miles from my husband's work and 14 miles from mine is well under half the cost of a similar sized home in the Boston area proper and because we both work early and leave early, it comes out to a 35 min or so commute for me with normal traffic.  But yeah, we weren't about to pay $1 mil for a house in Boston that could be had for <$300k just a few miles away.  Anyone who commutes into Boston with a commute much longer than that, though, is farking crazy.  Can't believe all the morons who commute from New Hampshire.


I know the feeling. I work for a company in NH that delivers A LOT of stuff to metro Boston around the 128 belt & the Hub. Amazed at the traffic I see flowing into Boston during the morning rush. And sadly, most of the drivers are morons.

/ Dreading an early delivery to Cambridge tomarrow.
 
2013-03-06 08:45:07 AM
My job has a 30 minute leash, as in my butt in the seat from the time the page goes out in 30 minutes, for on-call weeks, thus I can't live too far from work.  I'd love to be able to move downtown and would gladly accept a 40 minute commute.
 
2013-03-06 08:46:03 AM
Not enough people working from home. Not enough people with staggered working hours. Too many Office Parks that are horribly congested with traffic and they just keep on building more onto the acreage.
 
Skr
2013-03-06 09:04:18 AM
Goddamn, I can't imagine what a commute like that would turn into with even a little snow.... or rain... or gazelle fart.
 
2013-03-06 09:09:33 AM
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
Let's revisit this number in June, OK? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
 
2013-03-06 09:10:36 AM
Mass Transit infrastructure is too expensive. Let them walk!
 
2013-03-06 09:16:54 AM
If i have more than a 10 minute walk to the office I start looking to move.
 
2013-03-06 09:17:11 AM
Has anybody figured out yet this is the natural result of 60 years of sprawling out rather than building up?


No?

Well enjoy clogging the freeways, heroes. I'm going to go walk to work now.
 
2013-03-06 09:19:53 AM
I used to commute from Centennial, CO to Longmont, CO for a contract job.  About 1 hr, 10 minutes in traffic on a good day.  The pay was great, but not worth the commute.

Right now my commute is 45 minutes in traffic (30 minutes if I leave early).
 
2013-03-06 09:20:40 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.


Uh, a hell of a lot of people live near those towers. And walk to work or take transit or even bike, or even work from home. Which is a lot smarter than driving from crappy cul de sac in suburbia to crappy office park in suburbia, over roads in suburbia never designed for this much traffic.

Most tech startups in Seattle are either right downtown or they're close to Redmond, for some reason.
 
2013-03-06 09:21:59 AM
I'm 10 minutes front door to desk. Maybe a few more if I get stuck at the train crossing. But then again I live and work in a Columbus suburb.

When it comes time to buy a house I'll end up bring further away just because the area I'm in now is a commercial wasteland of mass produced apartments and shopping, not a residential area.
 
2013-03-06 09:22:04 AM
Atlantan:  Check.
50 minutes each way:  Check.

Thank $DEITY for audio books.  They're the only thing between me and another news story about road rage.

I work at the airport, so moving closer isn't really an option.  I have a killer allergy to noise, pollution and murder.
 
2013-03-06 09:22:52 AM

The Southern Logic Company: Rapmaster2000: This Atlantans reverse commutes to the burbs. It's a 35 minute drive going 80mph and looking at the other side of I-85 as a parking lot heading intown. It would probably be easier professionally for me to live in the burbs but for everything nonwork related it's better where I'm at. Plus the wife only works 8 miles away in Midtown so it's no option for her.

I've been spoiled by my commute (Buckhead to Chamblee) for the past year and now my little startup company has been acquired and we're moving to Alpharetta.  Really don't want to move to the 'burbs yet plus the girlfriend is a grad student at Emory.  Looks like I'll be braving 400 N everyday, not excited.


400 reverse probably isn't that terrible. At least you're not driving from Alpharetta to Buckhead.
 
2013-03-06 09:23:19 AM
I travel 3 min.  4 if the light is long.
 
2013-03-06 09:23:30 AM

DubtodaIll: Someone should invent some sort of large vehicle to carry large groups of people that can cover moderate distances without delays. It would be really slick if you could create a private network for these vehicles to travel on to further reduce delays.  Also if you could make them powered by electricity that would be good too.


The city of Atlanta has decided one of those is a grand idea. They are building it in order to connect two tourist destinations intown, Centennial Park and the MLK Center.  Great idea right?

Sure, except it's a streetcar, so the tracks will go down the middle of what is already a main crosstown road. And there is already a Marta Station serving both areas. And there is little or no demonstrated demand for ridership between the two places.

But it's cool because you, the federal taxpayer, is paying for it.
 
2013-03-06 09:23:47 AM
2.5 miles from work here, I wish it were shorter.
 
2013-03-06 09:23:55 AM
I time my morning commute with music.
Normally, it's 1 Kashmir. If I hit all the lights, it can be as long as 1 La Villa Strangiato.
 
2013-03-06 09:25:42 AM

Rapmaster2000: 400 reverse probably isn't that terrible. At least you're not driving from Alpharetta to Buckhead.


It's not. And when they finally get the 85N 400N exit ramps finished it will improve even more.
 
2013-03-06 09:25:50 AM
I did a commute for about 4 years that was an hour and a half.  It sucked.  The  only good thing about it was that there was rarely any bad traffic.  So I was moving most of the time.  Traffic light areas were the worst.

But, I was out of the house for 12 hours a day.  By the time I got home I was exhausted.  It was a good job and all, but that commute took a toll and me and my wife.

Nowadays my commute is about 25 minutes.  I'm much happier.
 
2013-03-06 09:29:22 AM

StrangeQ: AlwaysRightBoy: Two hours door-to-door, but I wouldn't live in NYC for anything. I like my space and yard.

/on train now

The yard you never get to see because your entire day is spent either at work or commuting to/from work?


Oh I think I see it enough with all the yard work my wife gives me.
 
2013-03-06 09:31:52 AM

ManRay: DubtodaIll: Someone should invent some sort of large vehicle to carry large groups of people that can cover moderate distances without delays. It would be really slick if you could create a private network for these vehicles to travel on to further reduce delays.  Also if you could make them powered by electricity that would be good too.

The city of Atlanta has decided one of those is a grand idea. They are building it in order to connect two tourist destinations intown, Centennial Park and the MLK Center.  Great idea right?

Sure, except it's a streetcar, so the tracks will go down the middle of what is already a main crosstown road. And there is already a Marta Station serving both areas. And there is little or no demonstrated demand for ridership between the two places.

But it's cool because you, the federal taxpayer, is paying for it.


This thing is the cruelest joke.  It goes between two places that no one in Atlanta wants to go.  Not even really that many tourists care to go to the MLK Center.  I used to live by it and it was empty all the time.

The only thing I would use it for was to get from 5 points to the bars at Edgewood and Boulevard, but I'd rather just drive.  It's only about 3 miles from downtown.
 
2013-03-06 09:33:51 AM
Round trip?

A little over 2 miles, and 5 minutes total. . .maybe 6 minutes if I hit both red lights.
 
2013-03-06 09:40:58 AM

probesport: 2.5 miles from work here, I wish it were shorter.


Well, you could always just live at work.

www.betterlivingthroughbeowulf.com
 
2013-03-06 09:45:21 AM

Hopman: TheSelphie: My husband and I both work in Boston (well, Cambridge and Brookline) and there is no way we would be able to afford to live where we work.  7 miles from my husband's work and 14 miles from mine is well under half the cost of a similar sized home in the Boston area proper and because we both work early and leave early, it comes out to a 35 min or so commute for me with normal traffic.  But yeah, we weren't about to pay $1 mil for a house in Boston that could be had for <$300k just a few miles away.  Anyone who commutes into Boston with a commute much longer than that, though, is farking crazy.  Can't believe all the morons who commute from New Hampshire.

I know the feeling. I work for a company in NH that delivers A LOT of stuff to metro Boston around the 128 belt & the Hub. Amazed at the traffic I see flowing into Boston during the morning rush. And sadly, most of the drivers are morons.

/ Dreading an early delivery to Cambridge tomarrow.


The stupid thing is the T is way slower for us.  We could take it into work as we're about a mile away from an Orange Line station, but it takes more time than driving, some of which has to do with the fact we'd have to go to a different line to get to work (hubby Red Line and me Green Line) and most of which has to do with the fact that the T is SO FARKING SLOW.  It'd take me an hour and half+ door to door to get to work using the T.  And my husband can't even use the T because has to be in work at 6am, and the T doesn't even farking open until like 5:30 am.  Until the T gets their shiat together (which will never happen), it's not going to do much to alleviate traffic in the area.
 
2013-03-06 09:52:38 AM
It takes me between an hour and 90 minutes to make the 25 mile drive to work. It doesn't matter which route I take- they all take the same length of time.  It would take well over two hours if I opted to take mass transit (buses are all we have and they're not convenient at all).

Tampa traffic is truly horrific and I live in hope that one day we'll have a light rail system.
 
2013-03-06 09:54:19 AM

StrangeQ: AlwaysRightBoy: Two hours door-to-door, but I wouldn't live in NYC for anything. I like my space and yard.

/on train now

The yard you never get to see because your entire day is spent either at work or commuting to/from work?


To be fair, the commutable distance to NYC seems to be a lot larger than most other cities. If you want *space* within a short-ish commute, you need to be prepared to shell out quite a bit of cash for it. Fairfield county CT, Westchester county NY, etc, are outrageously expensive.
 
2013-03-06 10:02:06 AM
I love when other people tell me how terrible my commute is. Many of my coworkers live near work but I actually bought a house on the opposite side of town because I like the area better. It's 30 miles and takes about 35 minutes in the morning and 45 home. It's nothing compared to major cities like Atlanta but some people just like to biatch any time they have to drive more than 5 miles.
 
2013-03-06 10:04:37 AM

TheSelphie: My husband and I both work in Boston (well, Cambridge and Brookline) and there is no way we would be able to afford to live where we work.  7 miles from my husband's work and 14 miles from mine is well under half the cost of a similar sized home in the Boston area proper and because we both work early and leave early, it comes out to a 35 min or so commute for me with normal traffic.  But yeah, we weren't about to pay $1 mil for a house in Boston that could be had for <$300k just a few miles away.  Anyone who commutes into Boston with a commute much longer than that, though, is farking crazy.  Can't believe all the morons who commute from New Hampshire.


I'm curious. What other options do these "morons" have? Do they choose to commute that long because they like it or are stupid?
 
2013-03-06 10:09:25 AM

I should be in the kitchen: I love when other people tell me how terrible my commute is. Many of my coworkers live near work but I actually bought a house on the opposite side of town because I like the area better. It's 30 miles and takes about 35 minutes in the morning and 45 home. It's nothing compared to major cities like Atlanta but some people just like to biatch any time they have to drive more than 5 miles.


Well when you figure you're spending about an hour a day commuting, so 20 hours a month or 10 full days a year in your car that does seem pretty crazy. Life is too short to spend about 10% of your free time commuting to work.
 
2013-03-06 10:10:52 AM
I live in Atlanta. And the traffic is horrific. Or, well. There's a lunch place near my apartment I like; a bit further away then my apartment. I get there in 15-20m at most on my lunch break.

My evening commute, during rush hour, is 30-40 minutes.

But I'm not even who this article is about. It's about the people stuck in the same traffic, on buses. That make extra stops. That can run late. That just get screwed. Don't want to think about their commutes.
 
2013-03-06 10:12:06 AM

addy2: TheSelphie: My husband and I both work in Boston (well, Cambridge and Brookline) and there is no way we would be able to afford to live where we work.  7 miles from my husband's work and 14 miles from mine is well under half the cost of a similar sized home in the Boston area proper and because we both work early and leave early, it comes out to a 35 min or so commute for me with normal traffic.  But yeah, we weren't about to pay $1 mil for a house in Boston that could be had for <$300k just a few miles away.  Anyone who commutes into Boston with a commute much longer than that, though, is farking crazy.  Can't believe all the morons who commute from New Hampshire.

I'm curious. What other options do these "morons" have? Do they choose to commute that long because they like it or are stupid?


Clearly, buy a home 2 hrs out was the only choice possible.
 
2013-03-06 10:14:12 AM
Commuted 40 miles each way for almost five years.  Now I walk around 700 yards from my front door to my desk.  Quality of life improvement is immeasurable.
 
2013-03-06 10:27:55 AM
So is there any truth to the rumor I heard that DC and Atlanta have piss-poor traffic commutes? Someone said that once, I can't remember though for sure.
 
2013-03-06 10:31:27 AM

addy2: I'm curious. What other options do these "morons" have? Do they choose to commute that long because they like it or are stupid?


Well, the main difference is that if you live WAY outside Boston, you can buy a home with a big yard.  We're still talking tens of thousands of dollars per acre, though.

Our house doesn't have a lawn, but I don't like yardwork anyway.
 
2013-03-06 10:32:13 AM
I live 2.1 miles from work and takes 5 min. to get there.   One day I went to work an hour later than normal and it took 10 min.  I found myself being pissed off because my commute doubled that day.  Ridiculous, now that I look back at that.
 
2013-03-06 10:32:26 AM

LordOfThePings: 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.


don't forget Elton John and his mega-condo at Park Place tower
 
2013-03-06 10:35:27 AM

LDM90: 13 miles. At night. No traffic.

What do I win?


About 3 seconds from bed to computer

Am I ahead now?
 
2013-03-06 10:35:33 AM
That makes my 45 minutes seem relaxing... not really. It'd be about 25 if everyone else stayed home.

I'd rather take the train... bus... something. In 50 years when they figure out how to do that it'll be too late.
 
2013-03-06 10:49:30 AM

Generation_D: addy2: TheSelphie: My husband and I both work in Boston (well, Cambridge and Brookline) and there is no way we would be able to afford to live where we work.  7 miles from my husband's work and 14 miles from mine is well under half the cost of a similar sized home in the Boston area proper and because we both work early and leave early, it comes out to a 35 min or so commute for me with normal traffic.  But yeah, we weren't about to pay $1 mil for a house in Boston that could be had for <$300k just a few miles away.  Anyone who commutes into Boston with a commute much longer than that, though, is farking crazy.  Can't believe all the morons who commute from New Hampshire.

I'm curious. What other options do these "morons" have? Do they choose to commute that long because they like it or are stupid?

Clearly, buy a home 2 hrs out was the only choice possible.


So they can all afford homes closer? Everyone of these morons? Can you break down the circumstances of each commuter for me and give me an idea of the options for each? Thanks!
 
2013-03-06 11:06:33 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.


That works if you are some massive corporation of drones all chained to their desks performing repetitive and redundant tasks, but when you are a real company that provides any sort of tangible service, you need to be in a relatively close proximity to your clients. When the vast majority of people are downtown or just outside of it, moving your business to the burbs won't do you any good. Our place of business is literally only 5 miles closer to downtown than one of our competitors, yet our clients refuse to go to their space ever because it is so "far" meanwhile, they are happy to come here. By us moving closer, we increased our business by 250%, let that sink in. When you only have roughly an hour for lunch, it doesn't work to drive an hour to pick up or meet a client and an hour back to the office. They CERTAINLY won't drive to meet you.
 
2013-03-06 11:10:09 AM
Lived in and around Atlanta for 10 years. Hated the daily slog of those commutes, even when I lived inside the Perimeter. Twice in my life I lived right next to my workplace, I didn't like that so much since it felt like I never left the place (and sometimes they think you can come in on the weekends since you live right there ---- might as well come in and get some more work done, right?)

In my life I've had to deal with the traffic of LA, DC, San Francisco, NYC and even Paris. Atlanta will always stick in my mind as the worst of those, with a second being DC. At least all the Parisian drivers drove / parked like true-to-form maniacs to deal with it.

I currently live in the FARK-tag of Florida. I have a really cool job with a long commute and minor traffic. I commute round-trip 130 miles every day, occasionally working from home when I can (working on doing this much more frequently). It is nothing compared to Atlanta's traffic ever, at any time.
 
2013-03-06 11:19:39 AM
I live in Philadelphia, but there are no jobs in this city, so I've always had to commute a ridiculous amount of time to various suburbs. To make matters worse, the roads here are atrocious (often slow and one lane) and there's no public transport. The most I've had to commute is about 45 mi to Princeton, yet that took the same amount of time as me commuting to King of Prussia (15 mi away and 40+ min). Luckily I've made an argument to telecommute full time, as everyone who can, should.
 
2013-03-06 11:39:08 AM
I have a 70 mile one way commute. My wife goes home for lunch.
 
2013-03-06 11:39:56 AM
One of the main problems with Atlanta traffic is that Atlanta drivers are entitled pricks.  It is their road, and how dare you think that they should share it.
 
2013-03-06 11:47:39 AM
Oh my god, half a million?! That's 0.1% of the population!
 
2013-03-06 11:48:06 AM
Worst. Drivers. Ever!
 
2013-03-06 11:51:23 AM
Atlanta -

Hell's Waiting Room
 
2013-03-06 12:00:51 PM
At little as 22 minutes in off hours. Up to 35-40 minutes when traffic is bad, but most days I take a company-provided bus with wifi.


If I had to spend 90 minutes one way driving, I would kill myself.
 
2013-03-06 12:39:02 PM
8min to my main office all on the highway with 2 stoplights. 18min to other office all highway. I only go to other office once every 2 weeks and i get to expense out that trip.
 
2013-03-06 12:44:06 PM
It takes me roughly one hour to get to work in the morning and roughly one hour to get home, give or take 5-10 minutes in either direction. I've been doing it since early 2009, and I don't think much of it now. It's mostly walking and public transportation, so if it saves me wear and tear on my car, gas money, and the aggravation of operating a machine in a large, slow-moving crowd of other aggravated machine operators, then I'm fine with the duration.
 
2013-03-06 01:15:16 PM
About an hour out my door until signed in with a little over forty miles each day. What is worse is there is no direct route from my work to campus, so I basically have to make the same trek and then another hour to class and an hour after. All said, those days I am on the road for four hours, which gets me out the door a little after 6am and back in my house a little before 10pm. Fortunately, I don't sleep more than a few hours anyway or else this would be my entire day. Today... a break.
 
2013-03-06 01:21:56 PM

Rapmaster2000: Happy Hours: Studson: I live in Atlanta but commute just outside the perimeter. It takes me about 15 minutes each way, during rush hour.

Also, Marta is not only inconvenient (it runs in the shape of a cross and covers limited areas) but unreliable and not entirely safe. I wouldn't use it even if I didn't have such a short commute.

MARTA? Moving Afro Rapidly Through Atlanta?

My favorite thing about this joke is that in the 30 years I've heard it has two facets.

1. The person telling it never lives in Atlanta. These are the people that I imagine say Hotlanta which is another way to get groans from the locals.
2. The person telling it seems to think they're busting out an original and witty zinger. If you hear it in person, you can see the sparkle in their eye as they unleash it followed by the anxious pause as they wait patiently for thunderous applause.


I don't know - last time I was in Atlanta I walked from Peachtree down to the Varsity and I was the only white guy I saw anywhere.
 
2013-03-06 01:48:39 PM
I grew up in northern Virginia, which made me absolutely determined never to live anywhere again with traffic like northern Virginia's. Now my commute is five minutes on a quiet country road :)
 
2013-03-06 02:49:55 PM
Acording to the 2012 census there are 313,914,040 living in the US. 76.3% of those are over the age of 18 or 239,516,412. At 500,000 with a 90 minute commute that is 0.2% of the adult population that has a 90 minute commute. Explain to me again how this is an issue.
 
2013-03-06 02:59:16 PM
My commute is 60 minutes without traffic, 75 minutes most mornings.  I used to live 4 miles from work but moved between my job (which I like and didn't want to give up for a temporary arrangement) and my husband's post doc.

When we first moved in together we considered but rejected the idea of having him get a cheap apartment in his university's town and come down on weekends...in retrospect that probably would have been smarter and cheaper.

\6 more months but who's counting?
 
2013-03-06 03:03:11 PM

Carth: I should be in the kitchen: I love when other people tell me how terrible my commute is. Many of my coworkers live near work but I actually bought a house on the opposite side of town because I like the area better. It's 30 miles and takes about 35 minutes in the morning and 45 home. It's nothing compared to major cities like Atlanta but some people just like to biatch any time they have to drive more than 5 miles.

Well when you figure you're spending about an hour a day commuting, so 20 hours a month or 10 full days a year in your car that does seem pretty crazy. Life is too short to spend about 10% of your free time commuting to work.


I think I can spare an hour of my day if it means I get to live where I want. But your concern is noted.
 
2013-03-06 03:53:40 PM

addy2: Do they choose to commute that long because they like it or are stupid?


Mostly they underestimate the cost -- the direct costs of driving (or however else they get to work), the extra time they dedicate to work (without pay), etc. -- and overestimate the value of whatever drew them to their residence in the first place -- for example, people often say they prefer the larger house they can afford in the suburbs, but do little to evaluate how much that extra space is worth to them.

All of which leads people to make trades like "I want an extra bathroom and a brick grill in the back yard, and I can get that for the same price as a smaller house closer to work; it's only an extra 110 minutes and 60 miles each day". But if they did the math that's 458 hours (19 days) less free time and 15,000 miles more driving each year.

For some people that's worth the trade. For some people the time on the train/etc. might be valuable and not wasted. And of course there's a group of people that simply cannot move closer to their job for whatever reason (2 people working in different cities, financial hardship, etc.). But many people simply fail to do the math.
 
2013-03-06 04:32:33 PM
My commute's about to get longer (office is moving). How much longer, I'm not sure. Haven't driven it during rush hour (Dallas). I am hoping it's only about 30 minutes total (now it's about 15). I could move (ie, don't own house, don't have kids), but I really don't want to.

After awhile, moving becomes a bigger pain in the ass than driving. When you move, everything changes. You have to notify everybody for every service and take care of that shiat, give everybody your new address, pack up and move all your shiat, move, find all new places that you like to eat, grocery shop, etc. It's just not worth it to be a little closer to the job. Even if you don't have kids that would have to change schools and a spouse that a move would affect.

Or so I say now. Maybe after a year of driving longer 5 days a week, I'll change my mind.
 
2013-03-06 04:38:39 PM

Generation_D: Has anybody figured out yet this is the natural result of 60 years of sprawling out rather than building up?


No?

Well enjoy clogging the freeways, heroes. I'm going to go walk to work now.


No, YOU'RE the hero.
 
2013-03-06 04:41:14 PM
The only way I'd be okay doing that for any serious amount of time is if I was on commuter rail and my employer saw me working on my laptop during the trip equal to time spent in the office.
 
2013-03-06 04:49:40 PM

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Rapmaster2000: Happy Hours: Studson: I live in Atlanta but commute just outside the perimeter. It takes me about 15 minutes each way, during rush hour.

Also, Marta is not only inconvenient (it runs in the shape of a cross and covers limited areas) but unreliable and not entirely safe. I wouldn't use it even if I didn't have such a short commute.

MARTA? Moving Afro Rapidly Through Atlanta?

My favorite thing about this joke is that in the 30 years I've heard it has two facets.

1. The person telling it never lives in Atlanta. These are the people that I imagine say Hotlanta which is another way to get groans from the locals.
2. The person telling it seems to think they're busting out an original and witty zinger. If you hear it in person, you can see the sparkle in their eye as they unleash it followed by the anxious pause as they wait patiently for thunderous applause.

I don't know - last time I was in Atlanta I walked from Peachtree down to the Varsity and I was the only white guy I saw anywhere.


I think you're missing the point.  A tired joke is a tired joke.

Also, what you said doesn't make a lot of sense.  That's only about 3 blocks and it seems fairly unlikely that you didn't see any white people at the Varsity.  As far as I can tell, they love that slop.
 
2013-03-06 04:52:59 PM

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.


And what if you live in a burg away from the job? Your commute has now doubled in length and probably tripped in time since the road weren't built for such traffic. Or do you only want employees who live in the same burg?

I suppose you could solve this by having some central burg where businesses all are and people live around to optimize commute time. It'd be even more efficient to have giant buildings there since none of those companies care that they don't have a backyard. Oh wait, we already have all that.
 
2013-03-06 04:58:43 PM

robohobo: 2 minutes from my bedroom to my home office.


That must be one long house.

Only takes me a few seconds to walk from my bedroom to corporate headquarters at the other end of the doublewide.
 
2013-03-06 06:45:58 PM

Marisyana: 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.


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Ten miles is a perfect distance for a bike.  Even if you live in Minneapolis where its winter for several months, it would still take care of the spring/summer/fall.
 
2013-03-06 07:00:07 PM

Firststepsadoozie: I time my morning commute with music.
Normally, it's 1 Kashmir. If I hit all the lights, it can be as long as 1 La Villa Strangiato.


but i bet you play Tom Sawyer from time to time
 
2013-03-06 07:52:53 PM

nucal: [i263.photobucket.com image 400x443]

Not mine - wish I knew who made it


Currently house-hunting in Fayette Co, (bank says my bag limit is 1) so I'm totally stealing that.
 
2013-03-06 08:42:57 PM

Jon iz teh kewl: Firststepsadoozie: I time my morning commute with music.
Normally, it's 1 Kashmir. If I hit all the lights, it can be as long as 1 La Villa Strangiato.

but i bet you play Tom Sawyer from time to time


Not on my play list.
I have made it as fast as 1 "Suite Judy Blue Eyes" a few times.
 
2013-03-06 09:42:31 PM
How many of these mega-commutes are because they have to live in the "perfect" house/neighborhood, or because they must be sure their kids get the best schools?

/unmarried? Yes.
//Renter, yup, probably for life.
 
2013-03-06 10:09:12 PM
I now live in the NE Georgia mountains near Gainesville.  I tried to make it to Atlanta by 9 am, leaving my house at 7:30.  I got there at 9:30.
 
2013-03-06 10:21:00 PM
Back in 2004, the Boston Globe did a story about a man who did a 340 mile round trip commute from Maine to Boston - every..single..day during the work week.  He spent a daily 9 hour round trip getting to work and back.  Unbelievable...

http://www.urbanplanet.org/forums/index.php/topic/2082-340-mile-comm ut e/
 
2013-03-06 10:54:25 PM

mmonnens: How many of these mega-commutes are because they have to live in the "perfect" house/neighborhood, or because they must be sure their kids get the best schools?

/unmarried? Yes.
//Renter, yup, probably for life.


We don't feel we need a perfect house---a modest two-bedroom place in a safe neighborhood is all we ask for---but we won't compromise on the school thing.
 
2013-03-06 11:19:53 PM

mmonnens: How many of these mega-commutes are because they have to live in the "perfect" house/neighborhood, or because they must be sure their kids get the best schools?

/unmarried? Yes.
//Renter, yup, probably for life.


I live in Stockton, America's Most Miserable City 2012.  I assure you I don't live in a "perfect" house, neighborhood, or school district.

In my industry, Sacramento (50-70 miles away) pays about 150% of what Stockton pays, while the Bay Area (50-100 miles away) pays over 200%.  Even with the "recovery" housing in Stockton is cheap compared to Sacramento, and practically free compared to the Bay.  San Joaquin County has one of the longest average commutes, for this reason.
 
2013-03-07 06:25:03 AM

ShawnDoc: 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.


Although it's not the cities you mention, for 2 years I drove 100 miles to work and 100 miles return trip.  More recently I drove 50 miles each way.  Currently at 25 miles each way.
 
2013-03-07 07:46:58 AM

FizixJunkee: mmonnens: How many of these mega-commutes are because they have to live in the "perfect" house/neighborhood, or because they must be sure their kids get the best schools?

/unmarried? Yes.
//Renter, yup, probably for life.

We don't feel we need a perfect house---a modest two-bedroom place in a safe neighborhood is all we ask for---but we won't compromise on the school thing.


Modest you say?  you should move to Modesto
 
2013-03-09 01:34:29 PM
From last night's Seinfeld show:  "Atlanta is traffic and trees"
 
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