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Old 09-04-2009, 03:29 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Default Chicago #4 in Commuter Pain Index

Commuter Pain Index: IBM ranks Chicago No. 4 - Chicago Breaking News (http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/09/commuter-pain-index-ibm-ranks-chicago-no-4.html - broken link)

IBM's ranking of the most painful commutes among the 10 cities it surveyed:


1. Los Angeles
2. Washington
3. Miami
4. Chicago
5. Boston
6. New York
7. Atlanta
8. San Francisco
9. Dallas-Ft. Worth
10. Minneapolis-St. Paul


What do ya'll think?
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Old 09-04-2009, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Omg another list. Why is IBM doing a ranking of traffic in cities? And how is NYC not first? This is just dumb
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Old 09-04-2009, 08:21 AM
 
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I've lived in Atlanta and Chicago and I think it really just depends where you are commuting to and from. Atlanta traffic is pretty bad but nothing there compares to my 2.5 hour daily commute to and from Naperville on 290 and 88. The people I work with calculated it out and I spend 26 DAYS a year commuting... DEPRESSING!
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Old 09-04-2009, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Omg another list. Why is IBM doing a ranking of traffic in cities? And how is NYC not first? This is just dumb
NYC is not #1 because they have a lot of accommodations; subways all over the city, suburban commuter rail to Long Island, north suburbs, Connecticut, and New Jersey, with some lines running ALL NIGHT, and a more complete highway system that often gives people a choice such as should I take the LIE or the Grand Central. It is possible for the most crowded city to not be the most painful one to commute in.
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Old 09-04-2009, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Chicago - near NW
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My commute in Chicago is 10 minutes on a bicycle.

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nothing there compares to my 2.5 hour daily commute to and from Naperville on 290 and 88.
That's awful. Why don't you take the Metra?
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Old 09-04-2009, 11:24 AM
 
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My commute in Chicago is 10 minutes on a bicycle.



That's awful. Why don't you take the Metra?
No kidding, at least you can sleep or do something more interesting than cursing at other drivers while you're on the train.
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Old 09-04-2009, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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...What do ya'll think?
I think constant posting of city rating lists is stupid.

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Old 09-04-2009, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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No kidding, at least you can sleep or do something more interesting than cursing at other drivers while you're on the train.
And how do you get to the station? The waiting list for a parking permit at the Naperville station is what, about 7 or 8 years? Even then you better be there by 6:30am. It's not a lot better at neighboring stations.
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Old 09-04-2009, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I would rather live close to work so my daily commute isn't bad rather than spend 2 or 3 hours a day commuting and then be too tired to do the things I want to do after work. My current commute is about 10 seconds - I work from home. When I need to go to the office, I can outside of rush hour and it takes 20-25 minutes.
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Old 09-04-2009, 01:29 PM
 
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I've just gotten used to it now so it's not too bad. My company is moving downtown in about a year from now. I'm 23 years old so I'm not really ready to live in the suburbs just yet and I think being right downtown is worth it. As for the Metra, I wish I could ride it but it would take a 15-20 minute bus ride to Union Station, 40 minutes or so on the train, then another 10 or so to get to the office by another bus... kind of a hassle.
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