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This guy drives 370 miles to work and back - How long is your commute?

Old 04-20-06, 12:51 PM
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This guy drives 370 miles to work and back - How long is your commute?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060420/...life_work_dc_3

By Ellen Wulfhorst
2 hours, 1 minute ago

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dave Givens drives 370 miles to work and back every day and considers his seven-hour commute the best answer to balancing his work with his personal life.

The winner of a nationwide contest to find the commuter with the longest trek, Givens is one of millions of people who are commuting longer and farther than ever before.

Studies show Americans spend more time than ever commuting and for a growing number, getting to work takes more than an hour. In the most recent Census Bureau study, 2.8 million people have so-called extreme commutes, topping 90 minutes.

Givens, a 46-year-old electrical engineer, has an extreme commute between home in Mariposa, California, and his job in San Jose. He leaves home before dawn and returns after dark.

His trip landed him first place among almost 3,000 entries in the search for America's longest commute, sponsored by automotive services provider Midas Inc. and announced last week. But as harrowing or tedious as Givens' trip may sound, he says it's the way to keep the home and job he loves.

"I have the balance right now," Givens told Reuters. "I could do similar jobs closer, but not with the work reward and job satisfaction I have. And I could live closer, but I wouldn't have the lifestyle that I desire.

"To me, this is not that long a commute," he added. "It's just something I do to go to work."

SUBURB-TO-SUBURB COMMUTING

Longer commutes frequently involve people who live in one suburb and work in another, said Alan Pisarski, author of "Commuting in America."

Such a pattern tends to begin with companies moving out of a city to a suburb, enticing workers to move to less-expensive outer suburbs, he told Reuters. "People see this as an opportunity to go farther away," he said.

Such a move may provide more affordable housing or better schools. Even high fuel costs -- Givens spends about $185 a week on gasoline -- can pay off in a better quality of life, Pisarski said.

Doreen DeJesus rides a bus from her home in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, across New Jersey to her job in Manhattan.

The payoff is a house in the country, she said.

"It's a matter of getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city," said DeJesus, 37. "It's not an easy thing, but most days it's really worth it.

"My boss thinks I'm nuts," she added.

Studies show 7.6 percent of U.S. commuters traveled more than an hour to work in 2004, the most recent data available, up from 6 percent in 1990. The average one-way commute grew by 13 percent to 25.5 minutes between 1990 and 2000.

In 1990, only in New York state did more than 10 percent of workers spend more than an hour to get to work, Pisarski said. Now that situation can be found in New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois and California as well, he said.

CONGESTION WORSENS

Added to long commutes is increased congestion, according to the Texas Transportation Institute's 2005 Urban Mobility Report. Commuters typically spent 47 hours a year in traffic jams, up from 40 hours a decade earlier, the study showed.

"That's the time wasted above and beyond just being able to make the trip," said David Schrank, co-author of the report.

But the trips can be worthwhile, said Kay Phillips who works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 164 miles from her home in Granite Falls.

"I really love what I do, so I don't mind," she said.

While Givens spends much of his commute listening to the radio, especially traffic reports, Philips, 52, uses her five-hour commute in her own way -- she prays.

"I say a long prayer starting out every morning for everybody, and it gives you quite a bit of time to do that," she said.

I kind of feel guilty with a less than 2 mile roundtrip!

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3.5 miles one way.....
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0 mile roundtrip.
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My commute is 3 miles one way.

Twelve minutes by car, fifteen by bike, twenty-five by bus, forty-five on foot.
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16 miles one way. I wish it was still one & 1/4 miles one way as it was 4 years ago.
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Originally Posted by Bushdog
0 mile roundtrip.
Ahhh, a homemaker!

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About 2-3 miles. Anymore than 20-30 minutes would drive me nuts.
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23 miles each way.
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Hmm...Rather than being anti-SUV, the rabid environmentalists should push for a commute tax or something. Driving 10 miles in an SUV is surely better for the environment than driving 370 in virtually anything else.

I'd be interested in knowing about Given's home life. 7 hour commute, assume 8 hours at work, assume 6 hours sleep..that leaves 3 hours a workday for 'personal' life, not to mention that basics of eating, shopping, showering/dressing, etc.

My commute is about 10 miles, if I come straight to work, it's 8-15 minutes depending on traffic. Long enough to enjoy a couple songs on the radio, not long enough to feel like I'm wasting time.
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Current job is a 26 mile roundtrip, up from a 2 mile roundtrip to my previous job .
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48 mi each way.
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Originally Posted by mrpayroll
Ahhh, a homemaker!

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That doesn;t count as a job.. *ducks and runs*
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About 15mi RT - takes about 20 minutes each way. I refuse to ever have more than an hour RT commute to/from work. I don't know how the people who live down 95 or 66 and commute into DC deal with it.
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I got 9 miles each way. Usually takes me about 35 minutes (one way) on an average day. Hour and a half on a bad day. That's for 9 miles.
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Originally Posted by mrpayroll
Ahhh, a homemaker!

Chris

If I could get paid what I do to be a homemaker, you better believe I'd be doing that!
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
About 15mi RT - takes about 20 minutes each way. I refuse to ever have more than an hour RT commute to/from work. I don't know how the people who live down 95 or 66 and commute into DC deal with it.
Sleeping on the VRE or Maryland train... I got co-workers that drive to the train station, take the train, then walk or bus the rest of the way. Anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours (1.5 is norm). They get to actually own a house out in the burbs, but I just rent a room, save up money and have a 4 mile commute (20 minutes by car). I might buy a bike or motorcylce to save on gas though soon...

EDIT: Each way is about 1.5 hours, not the total daily commuting time.
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Originally Posted by kneijst1
Sleeping on the VRE or Maryland train... I got co-workers that drive to the train station, take the train, then walk or bus the rest of the way. Anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours (1.5 is norm). They get to actually own a house out in the burbs, but I just rent a room, save up money and have a 4 mile commute (20 minutes by car). I might buy a bike or motorcylce to save on gas though soon...

EDIT: Each way is about 1.5 hours, not the total daily commuting time.
Unless I work outside the Beltway, I will never live outside the Beltway. I don't care what it costs.
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Mine is right at 2 miles. 15 blocks. 3 min.

I worked in NoVa and wouldn't trade that for anything. I like being able to leave work at 3:30 and be home at 3:35. Takes me longer to walk from my office to my car than it does to drive home.

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a casual ten minute walk.
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About a mile each way. Rare that I ever even get behind another car. I would not want to spend that much time in a car just driving to and from work.
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52 miles RT.
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
About 15mi RT - takes about 20 minutes each way. I refuse to ever have more than an hour RT commute to/from work. I don't know how the people who live down 95 or 66 and commute into DC deal with it.

Amen

I use to have a 20 mile commute from VA into MD on 495. It would take me normally 35-45 minutes, I was against traffic.

Then I worked 1 mile from my house for about 4 years in Northern VA

Now I am 9 miles one way and it takes me anywhere from 15 minutes to 50 minutes depending on who farted on the the highway that day.

Lucky for me I can HOV down RT 267 if I want to pay tolls and the commute is a little more consistant. I tend to stagger my work hours a bit to get around the bulk of it.

I couldn't commute an hour or more one way, I would go insane.
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It's nine blocks unless I take the shortcut.
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34 steps each way.
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32 miles each way

A little over an hour each way.

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