8 minutes. 3 years ago i moved cities and took a new job, it used to be 50 minutes. Yes 8 min is as great as it sounds, i love going home at lunch!
How long does it take some of you guys to get to work? I recently got a new job that pays well but the ride to and from there is 45 mins with no traffic. I wake up at 4:30 am to make it to work on time for 6:30. I work a 12 hour rotating shift work and I'm getting off at 7 am I'm so sleepy from working nights. Working days and driving home is nothing but driving home in the morning is a bitch. Any suggestions how to cope with the ride home after working nights?
8 minutes. 3 years ago i moved cities and took a new job, it used to be 50 minutes. Yes 8 min is as great as it sounds, i love going home at lunch!
I've got an hour long commute if I head into the office, longer when I'm out in the field. I'm a big fan of talk radio/podcasts. Anything that engages my brain in someway. I can't do audio books though for whatever reason, I never liked them in the first place.
Music would put me to sleep or bore me quickly.
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When I was working in downtown a couple years ago I had a 1.5 hour commute one way. about 20 - 30 minutes by car, 45 minutes on the metro, and 15 - 20 minutes of walking. Fucking sucked. Now I drive about 15 - 20 minutes depending on traffic.
Since you're driving I'd advise you to get something you really enjoy listening to, whether that be music, some podcasts, or some audio books. Make sure it's something that will keep your interest and keep you awake. A friend of mine was driving 2 hours every day (from central MD to southern PA) and in order to tolerate it he basically turned his car into a living room by making it as comfortable and convenient as possible. He sank tons of money into it, but I guess when your commute is that long it's worth it.
10 minutes. 15 on a busy traffic day. 20 if get stuck behind a gramma or garbage truck.
26 miles one-way, which is about 45 minutes in the morning and maybe 75 minutes in the afternoon. It really depends on when I come and go. I typically wake up, do my morning email routine at home and then head in after rush hour, but I'm headed home at the same time. Traffic in Atlanta is horrendous, but so are home prices inside the perimeter.
It's worse for my girlfriend. She leaves between 5:30-6am and it usually takes at least an hour, then 90+ minutes in the evening. Hopefully within a couple of years we can move and cut down on that.
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About ten miles round trip, I commute by bike and if im not lazy it's about 15 ish minutes. Used to live in Phoenix and it was a thirty mile commute everyday.
Besides home, I have two other offices I commute to regularly. Thanks to the current BART strike, one is off limits. Commuting to that office is fucking awful anyway. 15 minutes to walk to BART, wait for the train, 20 minutes on BART and then wait for a shuttle that takes about 10 minutes to get me to the office. Depending on the wait times and traffic for the shuttle, this commute can be 50-90 minutes one way. It's the worst. I've never worked somewhere that had a commute that bad.
The other office I commute to is only a 20 minute walk which I really enjoy. The walk energizes me and gets me ready to go. I've been pretty lucky with my jobs in my life. It's always been walkable, a short drive, or the opposite commuting direction of everyone else (benefit of always living downtown!).
Music is my favorite way to keep me going - especially when I used to drive to work. I'm one hell of an air drummer on the steering wheel. I'll either read, play video games or completely space out on the train.
15 minutes at the moment. The furthest job I've had took 45 to get to. It was unpleasant
I would suggest listening to something that you need to engage with. Maybe some language lessons if that's any interest to you. It makes a big difference if you need to answer questions, rather than just listen.
OP if you're having problems from a morning dirve home, try a power nap in your car before heading home. 15 - 20 minutes max. That small amount of time resting can make a huge difference in keeping you alert.
Thanks for the advice guys. I have another co-worker who lives farther than I do and he takes a power nap before leaving work. I use to drink a Redbull around 2-4 am but when I got home I use to have a very difficult time going to sleep. Definitely going to try the podcast thing to help me stay up.
12-15 minutes, depending on traffic. Or about 10km, depending on the exact route. I can't fucking understand why anyone would subject themselves to commutes much longer than 20-30 minutes if it's a long term job.
Used to be 5 minutes, but we moved offices and now I go 27 miles each way. Varies from 30-40 minutes (morning) to 40-80 minutes (evening) based on traffic or day of the week.
I live about 50 miles from the office. I leave at around 5:30 in the morning and am in the office by 6:30, and I try to get out absolutely no later than 4:00pm, usually by 3:30. So it takes an hour in the morning, and roughly 90 minutes going home. I honestly don't mind the drive at all, but I HATE traffic. That is why I get up so early and leave early, to avoid as much traffic as possible. For me it is either podcasts or audio books. I can find myself totally enthralled in them and not falling asleep.
Luckily I do have the benefit of working from home whenever I need, but since I have 3 small children at home all day it can be very distracting. So really I prefer to drive into the office whenever it makes sense. Really for me the biggest benefit of working from home is saving on gas. If I go into the office every day, it runs me roughly $400-$500 a month in gas. I would like to move closer to work, but there is no way I can afford even a comparable sized house down in the Silicon Valley compared to what we have here.
I used to live about 10 miles away, but with traffic, it took over 30 mins to and from. I moved and commute was the main reason. Now it takes me 8-12 minutes to get to work, and I take all surface streets.
10 minutes and no traffic.
I did 107 miles one way for over a year. 1.5 hours in the morning, 2 to 3 hours in the evening depending on traffic. It sucked complete ass. Find a bunch of podcasts to listen to. I would have gone insane without Adam Carolla and the Giant Bomb crew.
I used to commute from the South side of Colorado Springs to the North side of Denver every day for about 8 months. It was an hour - hour 15 on a good day for the most part. Forget it if it snowed and some jackass wrecked on 25. There was a few nights coming home that lasted 3+ hours. I will never do that again. It was ok for a few months then the ride was so familiar/boring that I found times where I'd be dozing off.
Then there were the bad days when I'd hit a wreck in the Springs and then come into another wreck entering Denver. Those were 2 hour commute days easily.
After that I try and get as close to work as possible. I'm now less than a mile which has worked out well.
Last edited by Schags; 10-18-2013 at 08:36 PM.
My commute is also less than a minute. But I have done 1+ hour commutes before. I liked listening to NPR, since I got sick and tired of music stations playing the same 10 songs over and over and over and over. Least that's what it felt like being on the road so long each day.
An hour each way w/o traffic. Audiobooks... So many audiobooks...
Reasoning: Much nicer house/area. My house near my job would be about twice as expensive if not more, with half the land.
Commute used to be 40-45 minutes (37 miles) which sucked.
Moved and now it's roughly 2 miles and 5 minutes or less. I can literally walk or bike to work if I want. It's glorious. Oh and going home for lunch, or to poop. Love it.
I used to live out in the sticks, and had a regular job with a daily 60+ miles commute. Hated the driving, loved the silence of non burblife. I've got that bass ackwards now; living in the burbs, no commute.
I need to find another house out in the sticks so I can get my sanity back.
Google Maps says 7 minutes. I actually think it's too short because I was used to hellish commutes back in grad school where I would just zone out and listen to the news on NPR. Now I basically have just enough time to listen to their hourly update.
I can't imagine having a 1hour+ commute one way 5 days a week and not moving to a closer living quarters.
My current commute is 30 minutes each way, and even that is annoying.
Of course, I'm in a reasonably sized mid-west city, not a major metropolis, so "get a house closer to work" is an actual option that doesn't involve getting robbed and/or shot.
About 20 minutes; 17 km.
Hour and 40 mins, each way. (It can jump to 3+ hours if there's snow!) Welcome to fucking DC, where you have to live 50+ miles away if you want a house with any land at a reasonable price.
You have to learn to put your brain on autopilot. Most days I don't even remember the drive into work. A lot of radio/music/books-on-tape helps to ease the pain and lull you into a state of semi-consciousness.
1 hour each way.
I used to listen to CD's or mp3's, but that dries up really quickly. Audio books make the drive fun and I don't really notice the hour go by. We'll move closer when we're looking for a house.
13 minutes in the morning (typically no traffic) and 20 minutes coming back home in the evening.
I'm around 1 hour and 50 min, door-to-door, one way. It's mostly on the train so I look at the internet, but it still sucks. I'm moving in a week and then it'll be down to 40 min or so.
I don't know how you people put up with such hellish commutes, time spent in a car driving I view as just wasted time that I'm not getting paid for.
About 8 minutes for me. I live in a small town with the interstate running through it. My house is near one exit and then my office is right by the other exit across town. I love it.
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Last year I was able to walk to work. It was great.
This year I have a 25 mile drive which takes about 28 minutes. It's through rural wooded country, so it isn't horrible. Unfortunately it's 55 mile speed limit and in the winter it will be rough.
around 20 minutes if I walk. 10 minutes on bike, 15 minutes by car during traffic, 5 without traffic.
Not spending 2 hours a day commuting is quality of life for me and I'd rather move than do that.
Every time I have to drive through Seattle I can't comprehend how people deal with commuting through that day-in-day-out. I see those estimated travel times for cities that are 15 miles away with hour+ commute times pretty much any time I am in the area during rush hour (which is pretty much from 6:00am-11:59pm in that city) and my mind is just blown that people deal with that 5 days a week. I'm sure I could put a dollar figure on dealing with it, but it is probably way higher than most of the businesses there would be willing to pay me. If I am in Seattle around 5:00pm I don't even bother trying to drive anywhere and just find a local brewery to chill at for a couple of hours.
Around 20 min on bike. Around 1 hour if I walk because there's too much snow to cycle. A nice way to get a bit of exercise every day.
Right now I work on the west side of the loop in Chicago. It's very convenient for me to go from my place -> Metra train -> work, but the commute takes about an hour and 15 minutes each way. I've been thinking about moving closer to work for a while now, but the west side is kind of dead at night since it's more business-oriented.
If you could either:
A) Get an apartment 2 blocks from work (gym, groceries, etc all very close) and walk to the loop or take the L to the north side for entertainment
B) Get an apartment on the north side where there's more to do, but the commute is still ~35 minutes and includes a lot of walking in shitty weather
Which would you choose?
*edit* Also, if it matters, I'm 29.
Last edited by Desidero; 10-20-2013 at 12:28 AM.
Its a tough call. But i think it would really come down to what you do when you get home. If you got something to keep you busy (hobbies, etc.) and you just hang out with your friends on the weekend, then take the West Loop apartment option.
If you're like me and just randomly go out to restaurants and drinking with friends on weekdays when you're bored, pick the North side option. Your friends arent likely to come to the Loop to hang out with you, everything is expensive, parking is a bitch and everything is touristy. Since you're considering moving just for convenience, I assume that money isnt an issue. Living away from loop would save you a couple hundred bucks a month in rent as well.
Another thing about living and working in the Loop is that it never quite feels that you actually left work, so eventually it just grinds you down.
All in all, I would probably pick to live in Lincoln Park, Bucktown or West Town instead of Loop. In a way, I enjoying commuting, it functions as a welcome barrier between work and life to establish some sort of work/life balance
Our house and close family members is the reason why I do the long commute. My in laws watch our kids when we have to work and that alone saves us around 1k a month in daycare. Plus the neighborhood we live in is very quiet and nice plus the school system can't be beat for education. So the pros definitely out weighs the cons.
yeah. commutes can suck it.
I've done 45min commutes. 30min. in highschool/college days.
Sucked so much. gas prices in those days was much cheaper too.
out of college, it was a nice 5min drive. basically, rural area, to downtown of the small town.
But the move to comics. even that became a fuck it.
My commute is now 10second walk to my studio/spare bedroom.
6 to 8min for 2.5km pending if I get that one red light. Gym is at half that distance.
No commute to speak of really add to the quality of life.
I am also 6-8 minutes based on whether or not I hit the 4 lights in between my house and work. I used to commute 25 minutes each way and I love only taking 6 minutes to get to work now. A person I work with commutes 55 minutes each way for the same job I do. Being on the road for 2 hours a day + fuel just does not seem worth the whole 15+ an hour.
Also, I forgot about Old Town. That is a top notch area to live in. Its like it combines the best features of River North and Lincoln Park.
We work on different sites depending on what job we're assigned, so it can be anywhere from 15 mins to an hour, but our boss tends to assign us all to ones that give us all roughly the same distance to travel from home. So usually my travel is about 30 minutes.
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Years back I decided to live where I work essentially. I'm ten minutes (walking) from work and have never regretted it at all.
Now, if I had kids and shit to worry about then I might feel differently I suppose but screw it, as it stands it is incomparable. I used to commute ~45 minutes each way and absolutely hated it with every fiber of my being.
(EDIT: Now, occasionally I do have to travel internationally or within Alberta and that is what it is. I don't actually mind that so much (change of venue is fun) but it is the daily waste of time that pissed me off mostly. If they ever figure out the autonomous car thing so I can do something other than drive while driving then I will re-assess.)
Last edited by Northerner; 10-20-2013 at 09:11 PM.
About 45 minutes in the morning. Takes me less than that on the way home because Chicago traffic is ass-backwards.
There is nothing better than living close to work and having a short commute.
My first job out of college was a 2.5 hour commute each way, second job was about 1.5 hours. My next job after that was about 50 minutes and I did that for 7 years. About 6 months ago I started a new job and it's only 15 minutes each way. I really had no idea how much better life can be with such a short commute because I had always had ridiculous commutes to work.
I used to love taking the Metra to and from work, even if it was a 45 minute train ride + 10-15 minutes to walk to my office (plus about 10 minute drive from my house to the train station). Always really quiet and relaxing, no one obnoxiously talking on their cell phones, etc. Wish I could do that now.
I actually lived 2 miles from my office and moved farther away to live closer to family and friends (and buy a house). I'm suburb to suburb and there is no easy way to get there so that's why I have to drive.
Yeah, I wouldn't mind a longer commute if it was on a reasonably comfortable train, subway, or whatever. At least then you can read the paper, surf the web, have a coffee, or practice your English on some chick in the hopes that she'll take a shit in your bed.
I am also eagerly awaiting the advent of automated cars. That shit's going to be a massive game changer in ways that we can't really predict in terms of how cities are built and organized (much reduced need for parking lots within commercial districts, much more efficient and safer usage of existing infrastructure, so on and so forth). And from my perspective, I spend a lot of time driving 4-10 hours each way on a Friday and Sunday night to go skiing/biking/whatever in the mountains. Being able to sleep or do other shit while doing that drive would be fucking amazing.
Last edited by Eomer; 10-21-2013 at 08:10 PM.
Shit is allready further than you might think. From what ive read these automated prototypes react surprisingly well to driving situations (overtake, let other car pass then overtake etc). Still someone got to place a hand on the steering wheel (mainly for legal reasons) and can rest it there.
On topic i commute 1h to 1 1/4h each way daily, since i love to drive it doesnt bother me much.
If the cars could communicate with the traffic lights, the lights could better control traffic in an efficient manner. Weight for 3+ cars to show up at the red light. Or wait until there's no oncoming traffic. Or make them wait at the red at least 10 seconds.
To drive into the office. After that we head out in the company vehicle to go wherever, but by that point I am on the clock so I don't care. I spend a good share of my time driving to job sites, but it doesn't really bother me at all because it's just part of the day. Then after work it's a quick ride home and I'm done.
15 minutes in the morning, 35 minutes in the evening.
Was driving 45 minutes one way for 3 years. Recently changed jobs and relocated and loving the 10 minute commute.
Traffic lights paired with cameras that count the cars and trucks and work the cycle on the amount of cars and the timespan they are allready waiting for green.
Best traffic routing ive ever expierenced so far, but prolly not cheap to implement or upgrade to everywhere.
I did the hour commute each way for 1.5 years and will never do that again even for a 30% pay increase. The quality of life improvement with reasonable commute is immense, especially if you can walk/ride instead of drive.
Fuck commutes....about 15-20 seconds to get from my bedroom to my office downstairs.
Long commutes suck. Everytime I think about them, I feel like all that commute time is sucking my life away.
I spent 3 hours a day commuting for a while, but 2h30 was spent on trains. Sleeping, reading, playing or watching TV series on my PSP made it bearable. I still would not do it again though.
5 minute walk
... and sometimes I still work from home
Even just having traffic lights talk to each other would be great. Just open up one main artery of a road for about a minute, 5-6 lights all green to let a bunch of cars whiz through. Then turn all red again and allow the opposite roads in.
1 hour each way. My job just purchased a new building and it cuts my commute to about 25 minutes come January. Thank god!
Edit: Bottomline - we need more commuter trains in the US.
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