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Old 01-09-2013, 04:05 PM   #21
 
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I don't care for my morning commute either but coming home in rush hour is even worse.
I have to drive downtown every morning and I have to get up extra early to give myself enough time to get through traffic and deal with the crazy drivers. I pay for parking which I don't mind because I really detest public transportation especially the subway, I don't care how much it is I would rather pay than take the subway. The last time my friends convinced me that the subway was faster I had to spray air freshener down there because it smelled like a toilet (I had a tiny can of glade)...and some of the people I encountered didn't smell much better....and sometimes they are all smooshed up on you....no thanks. Oh and let's not forget the time the police had to come and physically take this man off the train for causing trouble...ill sit in traffic from now on.

Getting up early just to beat traffic is what I hate the most but the earlier I make my appointments and get them over with the earlier I can get home.

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Old 01-09-2013, 04:36 PM   #22
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I ride my bike to the train station (3 min)
Take the train (40 min)
Take the subway (5 min)
Walk to college (2 min)

However it takes about 80-90 minutes from door to door..
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:54 PM   #23
 
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I leave at 7:30, stop for coffee and am at my desk by 8.

I live and work right off the hwy, and do against traffic, so I don't mind.
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I don't work right now but my husband has always commuted.
For many years, he drove 85 miles each way. He practically lived in his car.
For the last 10 years or so, he's only driven about 40 miles each way. When gas prices when up, we were paying 500$/month just in gas.
He now vanpools and pays 140$/month and gets 65$ back from the state for commuting. He hates it but it saves a ton of money.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:14 PM   #25
 
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Go down my street, take a right, go about 1/4 of a mile, take a left and I'm there. If it makes you feel better I make diddly squat at my job.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:31 PM   #26
 
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My commute is 7 miles each way, about 15-20 minutes driving. It's not scenic or beautiful, really.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:23 PM   #27
 
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I drive to work and it's between 30 and 40 mins depending on traffic, lights and whether it's a weekend or weekday. I work nights so am against the flow of traffic which makes a big difference, it makes me shudder to look at the queues of cars heading to the city in a morning as I'm heading home.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:23 AM   #28
 
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oh dear... maybe i shouldn't post this then...

10 minutes on the bus and 25 minutes to walk (if i get all the lights). if it helps, it's downtown in a small Canadian city with no scenery to speak of, unless some gorgeous piece of eye candy wanders by - and they're all up at the university.

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Old 01-10-2013, 07:39 AM   #29
 
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I leave at 7:00 every morning, and assuming no accidents, it takes about 25 minutes each way. 10-13 minutes (depending on how I hit the lights) on local roads, 10 minutes (assuming no traffic) on the highway, and then about a mile on local roads when I get off the highway.

Usually, the traffic on the highway moves just fine, slowing down near some predictable choke points but generally moving pretty well. The only times I've had real trouble are when it has snowed and the road conditions slow everything down.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:43 AM   #30
 
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I live about 40 miles from work (midtown NYC). You could not pay me enough to drive and sit in traffic.

My commute takes about 90 minutes each way.
10 min to drive to train station, park and walk to the train
about an hour for the train ride
20 min to walk a mile from the train station to the office. I can take a bus for about 2/3 of the way, or the subway, but then I have to transfer trains. Usually I walk because it seems silly to pay for such a short ride.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:34 PM   #31
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I drive about 20 miles to get to work. I live about 5-7 miles away from the nearest interstate/freeway and my job is in an undisclosed building in the middle of nowhere (yes, really!), so my commute is kinda long. And Nashville traffic is horrible. It easily takes me an hour to an hour and a half to get home in the evening.

I prefer driving for fun stuff and on the weekends, but I would rather take public transit to and from work.
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I live about 5.5 miles from work. All country road, no traffic, no public transportation.

I ride my bike to and from work during daylights savings time. Once or twice a year I will swim home from work It's about a 2-mile river swim (one-way).
Dang! You SWIM?! OK, you win. I'd bike to work but 1)It's over 7 miles and I'm not in that kind of shape, and 2) It's dangerous in the city (though plenty of people do it, I know many who've been in accidents).
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I ride my bike to the train station (3 min)
Take the train (40 min)
Take the subway (5 min)
Walk to college (2 min)

However it takes about 80-90 minutes from door to door..
Groan, I shouldn't complain -- that sounds so long.
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I live about 40 miles from work (midtown NYC). You could not pay me enough to drive and sit in traffic.

My commute takes about 90 minutes each way.
10 min to drive to train station, park and walk to the train
about an hour for the train ride
20 min to walk a mile from the train station to the office. I can take a bus for about 2/3 of the way, or the subway, but then I have to transfer trains. Usually I walk because it seems silly to pay for such a short ride.
Oof, yeah, that sounds long. Is the train out there nice? San Francisco's public transportation system is such a mess, I always envisioned NYC's being better.
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All in all, my total commute time in a day is well over 2.5 hours. I don't have a car and rely on public transportation to get me to and from work. Where I live and depending on the time of day, public transportation can be very inconvenient. My bus route doesn't run that frequently, especially at night. So if I get off of work late and get back to my home city anytime after 7:30pm, I have to wait an hour for the next bus to get me home (I could just take a cab and be home in like 10 mins, but it's usually about $10-$12 to get home and that can add up!). Here's my commute (I work in Boston but live outside of Mass):

10-min bus ride (usually crazy crowded and not much seats---it's worse when you have stuff you're carrying with you and there's no where to sit)
5-min walk to the train station (though I can make it in 3 mins if I absolutely hustle and think I can catch my train on time--at which point, I am completely winded)
1 hour and 15 mins on the train
7-min walk from train track to subway
2-minute ride on the subway
5-minute walk from subway stop to my job

Sometimes I think about moving to Boston as the commute could be easier, but rent is quite expensive there (rent in the city I live is pretty cheap, so I save big on living expenses). My job covers my monthly train pass, so that saves me big time on the commuting cost.

Usually by the time I get home, I'm dead tired.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:59 PM   #36
 
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I live about 14 miles from work.
I leave at 7:35 drop of my son in school and I am usually at work by 8:10am. So about 35 minutes including drop off.

For this job I commuted 40 miles for 4 years and it was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. That included drop off and pick up my son. He was the only child in that day care that I ever saw both when they opened at 7 and when I returned to pick up, close to 6:30pm.

That commute was about an hour and 15 minutes each way on a good day. On a bad day, which was often, it was over an hour and a half. It was a daycare disaster,often times getting there late for pick up or having to call someone to pick him up for me. Never again,my time is valuable too. I wasted so much time sitting in traffic and feeling guilty about all the time he spend in day care being the last one getting picked up.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:03 AM   #37
 
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I just started a new job. From my door to my desk, it takes 6 minutes. I'm so lucky!
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:00 AM   #38
 
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I drive 15 minutes to the train station, ride the train for 40 minutes, then walk about 8 blocks from the station to my office (I work in Chicago).

Coming home is more painful because after I reverse the above, I immediately drive another 35 minutes in the opposite direction to go take care of my horse, and then another 35 minutes to get back home (but it's a labor of love so I'm alright with that part!). By then it's like 9:30pm and I've done nothing but commute, work, and do the horse I have no life lol
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I drive 15 minutes to the train station, ride the train for 40 minutes, then walk about 8 blocks from the station to my office (I work in Chicago).

Coming home is more painful because after I reverse the above, I immediately drive another 35 minutes in the opposite direction to go take care of my horse, and then another 35 minutes to get back home (but it's a labor of love so I'm alright with that part!). By then it's like 9:30pm and I've done nothing but commute, work, and do the horse I have no life lol

The horses are in the back yard (well, except for my gelding being at a trainer's right now) and I still have no life due to them!
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