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What Places Have the Worst Commutes?

Posted March 06, 2013 1:42 PM

From Slate:

If Slate's Farhad Manjoo can't persuade Marissa Mayer to allow Yahoo workers to work at home, perhaps the map above can. Created by WNYC's John Keefe and based on data from the American Community Survey, it shows average commute times by ZIP code. In many places, commuters travel for nearly an hour to get to work. Hidden in the averages are the 600,000 "megacommuters" who travel more than 90 minutes to work.

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03/06/2013 11:06 PM

I would be a nanocommuter at 9 minutes (5.25 miles) door-to-door in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area. This was no accident, I got the job then selected a home to have a short commute.

Of course, some job locations don't lend themselves well to nearby residential areas and you can either have a short commute in a rougher neighborhood or put up with the drive.

I thank my lucky stars every day.

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03/07/2013 6:41 AM

Then there are those of us in the same general area who have the (mis)fortune to have our job locations dictated by the pocketbooks of Congress. I work for the DOD, and we were subject to a BRAC (Base Realignment and Closing) list a couple of years ago. This was to save money for the government, and cut down on fuel costs, due to better commutes. Of course, since by actual inventory 75% of my agency lived in Virginia (where we DID work) it made all the sense in the world to move our office 60 miles north, nearly to Baltimore, so that we could commute at least 60 miles each way (some, who DID commute less than 30, are now at over 90, because of the roads and routes available.

Of course, the solution to all this is to build more, and better, roads, using private industry. Then let the private industry recoup the cost of building the road by charging a toll to use it. Some of us ingrates still take the long way around, but the rest get to pay twice the total price of the road's construction in the first year it is open, then continue to pay, more and more, each year thereafter, to help the poor company the financed it in the first place, and has already paid it off, to pay it off over and ove.... Oh, wait, that is to allow them to make a reasonable profit over time. I forgot.

Now, I wonder which Congressperson gets that reasonable profit in THEIR pocket?

Bottom line, I chose where to live based on the job, also. And through no choice of mine, I now am one of those 130 mile a day, 3 hours on the road each day, 5 days a week, commuters.

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03/07/2013 10:53 AM

Would that happen to be the Dulles Toll Road? Or the new Lexus lanes that Virginia just put into use?

Sorry for your sucky commute. That's no fun. The few times I have to drive on that beltway during rush eternities reminds me how lucky I am I don't have to deal with that every day.

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03/07/2013 2:49 PM

Both. The general concept of a road being deeded to the builders, and the users of the road, which WAS partially funded with tax money, then having to pay the private entity that owns it for the privilege of driving on the road they didn't ask for, but already paid for. And in my case, none of the stupid roads helps me out at all, since I live off Braddock road, and travel around the South side of the District, or through it, but never gain any rush hour gain from either road. So I also get to pay to use them, but only when there is nothing to gain by doing so.

As a result, I know, and clog up, ALL of the surface roads around here. Seldom use any of the stinkin' highways. Except the clogged ones during my daily work commute.

Oh, well, I lived and worked near Tokyo for three years in the Navy. They had it worse then, and that was 30 years back. I'm pretty sure it didn't get better. So I really have to quit complaining.

Besides, it's time to start the commute home.

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03/07/2013 11:25 PM

Your comment about Tokyo reminds me of the hour plus commute to get from my apartment in Yongsan-ku to Camp Colbern about 20 miles away every day for 17 months back in the early nineties. Driving in and around Seoul was always an adventure.

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03/08/2013 7:48 AM

In Japan, for anything less than 10 miles, I'd rode my bike (walked if it was less than two miles) because I could ALWAYS get there faster, by either method, than by driving. And I was very comfortable driving "Japanese Style" (i.e., down one-lane, but two-way, streets, which required two meeting cars to jocky into the fronts of stores, literally putting the off-side front wheel INSIDE the front door, in order to get room to back and fill, around the other guy, who was doing the same thing) which was a slow, but sure way to get wherever you needed to go down the incredibly narrow secondary streets.

The Shuto and the Tomei (equivalent to our Interstates) allowed for a maximum speed of 70 KPH (do the math, that's 42 MPH) as the fastest speed limit in all of Japan. I drove them to and from Kyoto (about 300 miles each way) in a bus, several times, while I was there. For the most part, the trip was at up to 30 MPH, with a few stretches at 40. It took over 18 hours to cover the one way 300 mile trip.

All in all, I'm glad to be here, even if I have to commute.

I just wish it had something to do with my having chosen the workplace, or the living place, instead of making one choice, only to have a bunch of public-trough-sucking slugs, who've never driven their own cars, commuted in anything other than first class plane seats, or held a real job, make the decision that I needed to commute to help them line their own pockets. THAT'S the real rub!!!

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03/07/2013 3:14 PM

Lots of places have intersting commutes.

In the UK I have commuted as far as 50 miles each way, every day except for the days that I was on the road!

Working in the USA, it was the locals who did the commuting, when I was working in Washington there was one guy on the project that drove in 90 miles each day, every day except when he was on the road.

Whilst working in NY there was one guy who claimed that he was driving 100 miles each way every day - not that I ever checked his milometer! I doubt that this would be possible with today's traffic, this was back in the late 60s.

But working in Dallas was a different story, I did not meet many people who did long commutes there - but I could be wrong.

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