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How Long Is Your Morning Commute?

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I work from home
  3486 votes / 10%
around 15
  10822 votes / 33%
around 30 mins
  7230 votes / 22%
around 45 mins
  3807 votes / 11%
about an hour
  2511 votes / 7%
Over an hour
  1845 votes / 5%
I don't have a job you insensitive clod
  2339 votes / 7%
32040 total votes.
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How Long Is Your Morning Commute?

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  • It Varies (Score:4, Interesting)

    by wisdom_brewing (557753) on Monday September 03, 2012 @08:55AM (#41212709) Homepage
    Can be anything between 30 minutes and 1.5 hours depending on the running of Londons Tube network...

    45 minutes is fairly typical, though oddly enough if there is a strike by the workers it runs faster and if theres the wrong type of leaves on the track it can be a LOT longer.
    • by KreAture (105311)
      Norwegian trams have the same issue.
      The wrong kind of leaves will stop em dead in their tracks. (pun intended)
      Unfortunately we have the wrong kind of leaves all over.

      In addition, the streets don't take kindly to a 5.7 richters tram-passing every 15 minutes even with concrete molded support for the rails.
      Bus works remarkably well though...
      • by Misagon (1135)

        The subway over here in Stockholm does too.. every year.

        I am baffled by the fact that they have these problems every freaking year. It is not like "autumn" is something that does not happen every year.

    • by Nutria (679911)

      the wrong type of leaves on the track

      I need to know what kind of leaves can stop a train...

      • Re:It Varies (Score:5, Informative)

        by Christopher Fritz (1550669) on Monday September 03, 2012 @09:55PM (#41219021)

        the wrong type of leaves on the track

        I need to know what kind of leaves can stop a train...

        I wondered this, too, so I did a Google search, and found this story: "The villain leaves that stop trains [standard.co.uk]"

        It's that time of year again, the season of mellow autumn tints - and those leaves on the line which will soon bring chaos to rail commuters.

        Martin Buckland, of the environmental consultancy ADAS, who is vegetation adviser to Railtrack, is in no doubt: "There are six species of trees which cause most trouble and they are the ones we are targeting." Together or individually, says Mr Buckland, the Sinister Six produce the seemingly impermeable track coating which scientific analysis has identified as "insoluble, lignified cellulostic material containing glue-like proteins and other protoplastic compounds."

        "Between mid-October and mid-November it's these trees that will make life difficult." Mr Buckland profiles the culprits and gives his own "squidge rating".

        The article finishes with a listing of the "Sinister Six": Ash, Horse Chestnut, Lime, Sycamore, Poplar, and Sweet Chestnut.

        • by Nutria (679911)

          Huh.

          If "they" were clever enough to put cowcatchers in front of trains, why not some sort of rotating brushes that sweep away the leaves?

          • by raehl (609729)

            Because it's not nice, leafy leaves on the track. The organic compounds in the leaves create a coating on the track that makes it much harder for the trains to stop and it's sometimes not a simple matter of just brushing leaves away.

            (According to the above-linked Fing article.)

            • by Nutria (679911)

              Some form of stiff-bristled rotating broom-like device must be able to knock off this organic gunk.

              • by xaxa (988988)

                Some form of stiff-bristled rotating broom-like device must be able to knock off this organic gunk.

                No. I think they have to use high-pressure water jets at a (relatively) slow speed -- that's not going to work at the speeds a passenger train travels at.

                Someone tried making a laser system: http://www.railway-technology.com/features/feature1457/ [railway-technology.com] but 40mph wasn't enough.

                They do put sand on the track when the brakes are applied.

        • Most chestnuts have really high levels of saponins, imagine spreading really thick liquid soap on your rails..

          • blah blah blah
            six different species can cause problems
            four obvious technical solutions wouldn't work in practice
            whine whinge

            So replace the offending tree species along the railway lines with more railroad-compatible species. DUH

    • by EricTheRed (5613)

      Tube + the infamous Southeastern means 2.5 hours each way on a good day :-(

  • The scary thing for me, is I live about 3 km (about 2 miles) via a single road from my old office vs about 12 km (about 8 miles) from my current office via a freeway and the commute takes about the same time.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Dodgy G33za (1669772)

      3kms. Why the hell didn't you walk or cycle? Unless you live in the Rockies or European Alps a 3km cycle would only take you about 10 minutes. Not even enough time to work up a sweat.

      • by Fishead (658061)

        That's funny because... my new commute is 2.4 km (yay!) and I do live in the Rockies (Cranbrook, BC).

        Even though I have the option to bring a company vehicle home, I choose to either drive my own truck, or ride my bicycle. I've been pretty good at taking the bike to and from work. It's a fairly gentle ride home, but my biggest complaint is that my ride is directly south and every day last week there has been a strong wind blowing north while I'm riding home.

        I can't think that I'll be riding much once the

    • by wvmarle (1070040) on Monday September 03, 2012 @09:20AM (#41212857)

      You should really consider to get yourself a bicycle. Then you don't have the problem of traffic jams - and 3 km should take you 10-15 minutes, possibly faster even. Beats using a car at so many fronts (fuel and vehicle cost, your health, environment, less people jamming that congested road...)

      You should be able to WALK that distance in about 30 minutes!

      Personally for a 3 km commute I'd see using a car as second choice, and only if other options are impossible.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Since the parent used metric I'm going to assume he is European (or Canookian). It's easy to say "you should bike!" if you don't live in a place where it is over 34 degrees (Celsius) for much of the year with high humidity. I live in Atlanta and I walk to work - which for me is about a five minute walk. That's as far as I am willing to go - if it was ten minutes, I would need a shower by the time I got to the office most of the year. And Atlanta is hardly a hot city compared to many in the United States.

    • by Kamien (1561193)
      Geez.. Get a bicycle man.
      I cycle to work every day.
      15.5 km one way (~45 minutes).
  • Sometimes it can be about 5min depending on the freeway feeder road. I only live 3 exits from work or about 4.4miles. I would possibly get a bike, but in Texas they are considered targets and not a reasonable or SAFE mode of transportation.
  • by jerep (794296) on Monday September 03, 2012 @09:46AM (#41213037)

    I have a 10 minutes walk to get to work. Since I live in Canada for 3/4 of the year that commute involves a snowstorm or bears, most often both. I'm thinking about moving closer to work.

    I actually prefer moving closer to work, even with higher prices. It usually pays off since I get more productivity time for myself every day and less traffic frustrations, I'm at the point where I can actually walk to work and it is awesome. Still, barely close enough to come back home for lunch, so I'm moving again next year!

    • by dkf (304284)

      I have a 10 minutes walk to get to work. Since I live in Canada for 3/4 of the year that commute involves a snowstorm or bears, most often both. I'm thinking about moving closer to work.

      But those bears are useful! They help you do that "walk" in much less than the 30 minutes it would otherwise take.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I'm from Canada too eh and I object to the stereotype that all 10 minute commutes include bears. There are several places in Canada where urbanization is so rampant that there are only arctic wolves and and wild cariboo to block your path.

  • I formerly had a 15 minute commute, but took a job in another state, 90 miles and one and a half to two and a half hours away, depending on traffic. Yes, I'm nuts and commute daily - I like my family and want to see them regularly.

    We move into our new house in a couple of weeks, and my commute should be around 15 minutes again. I can't wait.

  • 1 hr 40 minutes. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by JoeRobe (207552) on Monday September 03, 2012 @10:23AM (#41213333) Homepage

    Commuting by train from Connecticut to Harlem (NYC), then taking a bus to Columbia U. 100 minutes in total, each way. Taking the train is pretty great, though - you can relax, use your laptop (even plug it in if needed), catch up on emails and talk to folks. On some trains there's even a bar car. It definitely beats driving in, even if I'd save a few minutes on the drive.

  • by dejanc (1528235) on Monday September 03, 2012 @10:36AM (#41213457)
    I work from home now, which has its benefits and perks, but I sometimes miss the commute I had to my last job. Either 20-25 minutes on a bus or about 60-70 minutes walk. I loved the walk back home. It was healthy for me and kept me in decent shape, but more importantly, allowed me to relax. By the time I got home, work stress was mostly behind me.
  • 45 by Bicycle (Score:2, Interesting)

    And a lot more pleasant than even 10 minutes in a car (except when I'm dodging texters and homicidal maniacs).

    • by Dr. Hok (702268)

      And a lot more pleasant than even 10 minutes in a car (except when I'm dodging texters and homicidal maniacs).

      Same here. 1 hr if I obey traffic rules: no shortcuts through pedestrian paths, no one-way streets in the wrong direction, stop at red lights without cross traffic.

  • NJ to Brooklyn by car: 45 minutes
    NJ to Brooklyn by mass-trans: 2-2.5 hours

    MTA and NJT actively hates its customers.
  • 6 minutes by auto.
    18 minutes by bike.
    45 minutes by feet.
    Can;t wait to get a flying car to see how long that take.
  • by smash (1351) on Monday September 03, 2012 @12:34PM (#41214573) Homepage Journal
    Depending on how much of an asshole I am on the sports bike.
  • Offshore oil rig (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 03, 2012 @12:53PM (#41214747)

    Well, it's about an hour to the airport. That flight takes about 80 minutes. Then typically stay in a hotel for the night. Next day take a chopper ride, about 80-90 minutes. A fairly lengthy commute. But I only travel once every three weeks. (Offshore oil rig.)

    • by downhole (831621)

      If you work offshore, then your real commute is the 5-10 minutes it takes to walk from your bunk to your office/logging unit/rig floor

  • 61 miles, takes right at an hour, most days. Unless it has rained. Some of the roads flood, and some are not paved. That slows me down, as does wildlife in the fall. Deer in rut are not paying attention to cars on the road, so I go slower at that time.
  • Usually, an hour. Without traffics, about 45 minutes. With traffics, it can be up to two hours. :(

  • Going to the International Space Station sucks. You can't imagine how annoying it is to hear people complain about normal flights with a bit cramped seats, and food not to their likings. Turbulence is much worse here too.

    (no, not really, but I can dream)

  • Mine is around 15 to 20 minutes, depending on traffic. I always move closer to work if I relocate or get a new job and it's further away. I hate wasting my free time driving.
  • 15 minutes if I go by car. a bit over 30 if I go on bike.
  • by Sez Zero (586611) on Monday September 03, 2012 @04:31PM (#41216433) Journal
    They can't even afford the exclamation mark after the "insensitive clod" option.

    Dang.
  • In a car, about 15 minutes
    On skates, about 25 minutes

    If injured (never used to be an issue but has happened twice in the last three months) it is zero becuase I work from home.

  • It's longer when I take transit, but I still prefer that because it's not stressful. A long commute is a tradeoff for working at a job I love at a place I really like.

    I do get to telecommute one day a week, tough - that makes a big difference to me.

  • 20 minutes walk or 10 minute bicycle ride or 30 minute by car (+ 10 minute walk from the parking lot). But normally I walk. Helps me to clear my mind after work and wake up in the morning ;-)

  • i live 700 meters away from the workplace so i can walk there and take the lunch with my wife and daughter. I really enjoy live there and work in my current job.
  • I retired in 2003 after six years of the commute from Hell. Work was 42 miles from my home. Going to work usually took 1.25 hours. Returning home usually took 2.5 hours, TWICE AS LONG. That was an average of less than 20 miles per hour.

    In my last job, my coworkers were friendly. My managers were technically competent as well as being good leaders. The company as a whole treated me as a valued professional. But the commute was killing me. Although I was taking two different medications for blood pressu

  • The average /. reader is probably between 20 and 40 years old, paid fairly well and more likely to want to live in the city near their job. I for one fit in this category (and wouldn't have it any other way) but it's definitely not useful data for anything else.

  • Leaving the office between 0000 and 0100, it's only about 8 minutes.

    Heading in at 1600, it's more like 25.

  • Tomorrow morning - 15 miles
    Next month - 161 miles
    The next month - 95 miles

    Of course the long commutes are by the week, staying 4 nights in a motel. We're given the choice of staying or commuting daily when the job is over 50 miles.

    Keep your toy bicycles and such.
  • My work pays me for not parking on site (street parking is about 5 minutes away) The sum is almost equal to what it cost me to catch a bus to work. So I have sold our second car and now I catch public transport. I change busses at the interchange, so the total time including a 10 minute walk to my bus transitway is around 45 minutes.
    No traffic frustrations as there are dedicated bus lanes on both legs of the journey, and I have now gone back to my old hobby of reading!
    It's actually a nice relaxing way to c

  • I used to live a significant distance from where I ended up working - I'm talking 40-50 minutes *each* *way*. I was burning through a full tank of gas each week, and spent roughly 8 hours a week in the car. Not fun.

    So I moved. New apartment is about five minutes from the office, ten minutes if traffic is *really* bad. I haven't tried biking to work yet, but I think even that would only be 20 minutes or so. And it might be worth it just for the parking - getting a spot at the office is easy, but trying to fi

  • by Tom (822)

    I work from home ATM, though I could've out in 15 or 30 minutes because that's what it takes. Rarely do I get up and working right away. There is some mental "traveling" that commuters don't notice because it's included.

  • It's not about the bikers or the drivers (or the pedestrians). It's about the fuckheads that are all around society. I bet that you'd see an equal percentage of assholes among bikers are you see among drivers. Chances also are that those are largely the ones blaming each other. A little tolerance goes a long way. Personally, I love driving, and I love biking.
  • I work late afternoon to evenings. Commute is between 15 and 45 depending if I bike or walk. The public transit is so skewed for other directions that it'd take just as long to walk so that's what I do even in bad weather.

  • My commute is 13 minutes by car and 30 by bicycle. I prefer the bike option as I'm more productive when I get to work. When I lived in NY my commute was 35 minutes by car or 25 if I took the bicycle. Traffic sucked.

  • depending on whether I was working from home or travelling to pretty much anywhere in the UK for a stopover of anything from two days to three weeks. All the stress from travelling took its toll on me and I don't do that anymore, though I still telecommute for consultations.

  • I put 15min. However it is really more like 8-10min, walking.

  • I had to vote 15, but actually it's more like 5 minutes by car. Or about 4 minutes by bike, but let's not go there:P I consider anything longer than that to be totally unacceptable. Idiots.

  • You insensitive clods!

    But it takes me 17-20 minutes to walk to work at night during the current season. A bit slower in the winter.

  • by funwithBSD (245349) on Tuesday September 04, 2012 @12:19PM (#41224743)

    they let you all *leave* work?!

What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind. -- Thomas Hewitt Key, 1799-1875

 



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