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#1 of 51 OFFLINE   Bryan X

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Posted June 20 2008 - 11:44 AM

With gas hitting the stratosphere, I just starting wondering how far and long people commute.

I commute about 17.5 miles one way. The big plus is, that I live in an uncongested rural area, so that 17.5 mile commute only takes about 19 minutes.

The 17.5 miles is broken down by:

10 miles on a State Route (about 10 min)
7 miles on an Interstate (about 6 min)
and .5 mile on surface streets (about 3 min)

What's your commute?

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#2 of 51 OFFLINE   drobbins



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Posted June 20 2008 - 11:50 AM

One way: 10 miles to the interstate. 30 miles on the interstate. 5 miles to work. Total miles 45, total time 45 minutes. 450 miles per week not counting going out for lunch. I started brown bagging it 2 weeks ago.

#3 of 51 OFFLINE   Michael Warner

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Posted June 20 2008 - 01:08 PM

For many years I had a 100 mile round-trip commute (Royal Oak to Ann Arbor, MI). Fortunately I lived right near the highway and traveled in the opposite direction of most commuters so barring bad weather I could do each way in just under an hour (thank you bat out of hell Michigan drivers!). I shudder to think what that would cost me nowadays. My commute now is one flight of stairs from the bedroom to the office...sorry, couldn't resist.
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#4 of 51 OFFLINE   RobertR


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Posted June 20 2008 - 01:26 PM

40 miles one way, 25 miles of which is via train.

#5 of 51 OFFLINE   Jason Seaver

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Posted June 20 2008 - 01:44 PM

14 miles in each direction. Happily, the 70A bus runs pretty much door-to-door for me, so I've just got forty-five minutes in the morning and afternoon to read, play Nintendo DS, and/or write movie reviews. Paying $40/month in travel expenses doesn't suck.
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#6 of 51 OFFLINE   DaveF



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Posted June 20 2008 - 02:07 PM

13 miles and 25 minutes one way, split between road and highway. After so many years of 10 to 20 minute commutes, I'd have a hard time moving to a big city and suffering a 40+ minute commute.

#7 of 51 OFFLINE   DarrenHo


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Posted June 20 2008 - 02:08 PM

about 17 miles each way. about 13 of which is freeway. unfortunately, my swing shift doesn't lend itself to mass transit but i'm thinking about putting the battery tender on the car as i ride my fz1 to work every day.

#8 of 51 OFFLINE   Carlo Medina

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Posted June 20 2008 - 02:18 PM

Three quarters of a mile, round trip. And I use the most gas efficient method of transportation: my feet. Posted Image

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#9 of 51 OFFLINE   Brad Porter

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Posted June 20 2008 - 02:20 PM

I travel 2.6 miles each way, on a recumbent trike unless it's really raining hard. More and more people seem to be riding bikes along my route every week. And my truck only has 28k miles on it, after 6 1/2 years of ownership. Brad
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#10 of 51 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted June 20 2008 - 02:41 PM

I don't commute.

I'm retired.

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#11 of 51 OFFLINE   Marc Colella

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Posted June 20 2008 - 03:05 PM

Been commuting 45 miles each way by train for the last 13 years.

#12 of 51 OFFLINE   gene c

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Posted June 20 2008 - 03:06 PM

22 miles round trip. About 19 of it freeway. But @ $4.60 a gallon it's still around $100 a month. But there are thousands here in the Bay Area who commute upwards of 150 miles (or more) round trip to the Central Valley. I couldn't do it.
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#13 of 51 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted June 20 2008 - 05:18 PM

When I lived in Boston, my commute was 40 minutes on a good day. But it was on the light rail, so I sat back and enjoyed another half hour+ of sleep. There are definitely certain advantages to Big Government. Now, as I'm progressing through various interviews on a job that looks like it might pan out here, one of the biggest things that keeps coming back up in my head is the 19-24 mile commute each way. And that would have been nothing a year year ago, but the gas is a serious issue now. It's at the point where I would probably move from the community I grew up in and love here to a town a mere half an hour away to save on gas.

#14 of 51 OFFLINE   mark alan

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Posted June 20 2008 - 05:29 PM

I walk 1 mile to the trolley, then a 15 minute trolley ride. I only put about 1,000 miles/year on my car. BRING ON THE HIGH GAS PRICES!!!! LETS CHANGE THIS COUNTRY FOR THE BETTER.

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Posted June 20 2008 - 05:44 PM

Too bad you're going to hear from one now, 15 feet. Posted Image

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#16 of 51 OFFLINE   Tim Maynard

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Posted June 20 2008 - 05:56 PM

3km each way for me. Still uses enough gas to be annoying... of course I am driving a 4ltr Jeep Wrangler Posted Image
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#17 of 51 OFFLINE   Paul D G

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Posted June 20 2008 - 09:34 PM

I used to work from home, but now I live 10miles from work. 9 miles of which is on a single street. 20-25m to get to work depending on the lights. -paul

#18 of 51 OFFLINE   DaveF



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Posted June 20 2008 - 10:43 PM

Those are tough issues to sort out. In many ways I'd like to move out of the Rochester area. But anywhere I go will likely cause housing costs to triple and commutes to double. But if you really like your area and the job opportunity there, it might be better to suffer the gas and commute time than live in a place you just don't love as much.

#19 of 51 OFFLINE   Francois Caron

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Posted June 20 2008 - 11:56 PM

Telecommuter here! Also fifteen feet! Posted Image

However, considering I can't possibly operate my future TV station from a one bedroom apartment, I'm now searching for some mini studio compatible office space in downtown Montreal. This way, my daily commute will be accomplished with nothing more than my feet, most of it possibly in the underground city (I live only a block away from one of the access points) which will be perfect during the wintertime.

#20 of 51 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted June 21 2008 - 12:30 AM

17 miles one way. Most of it is via a limited access two-lane parkway with light traffic, though, so it's a pretty stress-free drive of about 30 minutes. Luckily, my car gets about 27 mpg (and it's loan-free), so gas prices are not hitting me as hard as people with the gas guzzling SUVs. My wife has a 1/2 mile commute. I can't convince her to walk or ride her bike, though. I'd be doing one or the other if my commute was that close.

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