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Old 04-30-2018, 08:46 AM
 
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This isn't uncommon for public transit though anywhere, and I don't know where the idea that is comes from.

For example when I lived in NYC it would take me about 45 to 60 minutes one way through various buses, train transfers, and walking to get to work. The physical distance between my house and office: 5 miles as the bird flies.

Here's the difference though: The impact to your life other than the time wasted in transit is lower than it is for someone behind the wheel for 90 minutes. That's good reading or napping time.

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Old 04-30-2018, 09:08 AM
 
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Remember this lady who spends 4 hours a day commuting by public transit? I'd suggest that's our typical super commuter.

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/b...ters.html?_r=0
I was about to say "you're stirring the pot", but you may be right. My average commute is 22 minutes from my house in NW Atlanta to the Lakewood area, about 10.5 miles. At non-peak times, I can make it in 16 minutes. According to Google Maps, the fastest transit commute would be 73 minutes. From the center of Midtown next to a MARTA station, it would be about 40 minutes minimum. From the areas some of our transit friends live in (Kirkwood and Ormewood), it would be just over an hour to go 5-6 miles. So, it's not far fetched at all to say that if you don't happen to live and work directly on a MARTA rail route, you might easily spend 90 minutes each way if you are using transit.
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Old 04-30-2018, 09:12 AM
 
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This isn't uncommon for public transit though anywhere, and I don't know where the idea that is comes from.

For example when I lived in NYC it would take me about 90 minutes one way through various buses, train transfers, and walking to get to work. The physical distance between my house and office: 5 miles as the bird flies.

Here's the difference though: The impact to your life other than the time wasted in transit is lower than it is for someone behind the wheel for 90 minutes. That's good reading or napping time.
Well, yeah...90 minutes on transit (provided you aren't doing too many transfers or standing out in the rain) is probably better than 90 minutes sitting in traffic. Not many will argue that. But, 10-15 minutes to go 5 miles instead of 90 minutes is much better for your life. If I can gain an extra hour at home on each end of my commute, I am going to be MUCH happier.
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Old 04-30-2018, 10:08 AM
 
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I was about to say "you're stirring the pot", but you may be right.
That's not "stirring the pot" at all, sam. To the contrary, it's quite common, and that's exactly what the Curbed article is talking about. Super-commuters are primarily people on public transit, not drivers.
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Old 04-30-2018, 10:17 AM
 
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Well, yeah...90 minutes on transit (provided you aren't doing too many transfers or standing out in the rain) is probably better than 90 minutes sitting in traffic. Not many will argue that.
I think you might be surprised.

In my opinion, 90 minutes is too long to commute by any means. However, if I had to do it I'd rather spend it in my comfy, climate-controlled personal transportation pod (PTP). That beats schlepping it up to the bus stop in the boiling sun, standing around waiting, bouncing along on hard plastic seats, etc.

If I'm using my PTP I also get to choose when I want to leave, pick (or change) my route, run errands, carry equipment and passengers, have a snack, catch up on phone calls, and so forth.
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Old 04-30-2018, 10:49 AM
 
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Here's the difference though: The impact to your life other than the time wasted in transit is lower than it is for someone behind the wheel for 90 minutes. That's good reading or napping time.
Assuming you aren't doing a lot of walking and transferring and you get a seat. If you are just sitting on a train for 90 min then I can see you point.
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Old 04-30-2018, 01:16 PM
 
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Honestly, those with the 90 min+ transit commutes from the suburbs are likely the lucky ones. Many more do not even have that choice to take transit.
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Old 04-30-2018, 03:08 PM
 
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Remember this lady who spends 4 hours a day commuting by public transit? I'd suggest that's our typical super commuter.

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/b...ters.html?_r=0
Just a reminder that someone always has it worse than you. 4 hours!! Oh wait...that was my commute ahaha. I thought that was going one way. I read the article. It reminds me of a few posts Need4Camero made on another thread. But this article more focuses on upward mobility. Thanks for the link.
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Old 04-30-2018, 03:11 PM
 
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This isn't uncommon for public transit though anywhere, and I don't know where the idea that is comes from.

For example when I lived in NYC it would take me about 45 to 60 minutes one way through various buses, train transfers, and walking to get to work. The physical distance between my house and office: 5 miles as the bird flies.

Here's the difference though: The impact to your life other than the time wasted in transit is lower than it is for someone behind the wheel for 90 minutes. That's good reading or napping time.
It depends...the seating provided on buses and trains are hard material (not express buses typically). Sitting that long on hard material really isn't comfortable at all. Plus on public transport you have to sometimes deal with loud people or people who chew their gum with their mouth open and pop it too.
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Old 04-30-2018, 03:40 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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I did this for a couple years during school and it wears on you. I barely touched 90 mins each way but it was frustrating either way. Most days, I would just stay at work later to avoid the heavy delays.

No way, I could have kept that pace up.
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