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Old 07-25-2010, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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How much of a commute to work and back is too much? What do you think the cut off would be in miles to keep a person sane? Would a 300 mile daily roundtrip commute to work and back be too much on a person? What if the commute only had to be done 3 days of the week at off peak times(no traffic jams), would it make it more reasonable or could it still get to a person after awhile?
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Old 07-25-2010, 07:01 AM
 
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Obviously this is very subjective. Some put up with 3 hours each way and others can't stand 20 minutes. Usually the lower level jobs offer a shorter commute, but in very affluent areas they can't find enough support staff in town so they have to pay enough to make the commute tolerable. In metro areas with commuter train service, longer commutes may be tolerable.
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Old 07-25-2010, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I'm not necessarily claiming sanity, but I have a roundtrip commute of about 120 miles a day, by train. I use the time for reading. Sometimes it does get to me, but technically I can retire in three years, so that thought helps me keep on going.
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:16 AM
 
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My parents live in a city of 150,000 - and both their commutes are 10 minutes and never traffic. Sometimes I'm jealous of that.

Mine is around 40 minutes, but I get to take the train. I normally just read a book or listen to music. Sometimes if I'm lazy I might take the bus, which takes 50 minutes, but at least I get a seat and I can read.

I think it helps a lot when you can zone out and not have to actually pay attention to the commute part. I have friends that drive an hour each way in the suburbs and it always seems to enrage them. There are about 150 people in my office (we all walk or take transit), and some of them take the train for up to 90 minutes each way because they live in suburbs 60 miles from downtown. They really don't seem to complain as much as I would think they would. Most of them say they sleep the whole way in each morning, and finish up work or read on the way home.
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:25 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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0m by car, 45m by train...

car is just lost time, train I can read and get stuff done.

I once said I would never commute by car again...then years went by... and ended up thinking oh I can do it again, maybe it is not so bad... Ughhh it is bad I just got through doing it for about a year and never want to do it again.
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:32 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Personally, more than 20 minutes without traffic and more than an hour with is too much. I have a friend who drives 2 and a half hours in traffic each day and the reasoning is "at least I get a driveway".
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Cold Frozen North
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I commute an hour each way to work. Not ideal, but it could be worse. It's nice when I get to do a work at home day.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:53 PM
 
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My parents live in a city of 150,000 - and both their commutes are 10 minutes and never traffic. Sometimes I'm jealous of that.

Mine is around 40 minutes, but I get to take the train. I normally just read a book or listen to music. Sometimes if I'm lazy I might take the bus, which takes 50 minutes, but at least I get a seat and I can read.

I think it helps a lot when you can zone out and not have to actually pay attention to the commute part. I have friends that drive an hour each way in the suburbs and it always seems to enrage them. There are about 150 people in my office (we all walk or take transit), and some of them take the train for up to 90 minutes each way because they live in suburbs 60 miles from downtown. They really don't seem to complain as much as I would think they would. Most of them say they sleep the whole way in each morning, and finish up work or read on the way home.
This post confirms my experience. I commute by bus (25 min.) Even on the snowiest winter days the trip may take 5-10 min. longer. Many of my colleagues live in the burbs and drive. Many drive 45 min to hour one way. On snowy days, it'll take them 50-100% longer. That's when you hear them squawk the loudest. Some people just don't know how to live in a city!
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:21 AM
 
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This post confirms my experience. I commute by bus (25 min.) Even on the snowiest winter days the trip may take 5-10 min. longer. Many of my colleagues live in the burbs and drive. Many drive 45 min to hour one way. On snowy days, it'll take them 50-100% longer. That's when you hear them squawk the loudest. Some people just don't know how to live in a city!
Yeah, it's amazing how a little rain/snow/storm can really screw with traffic. That's why I always take the train if any type of weather event it happening - cause it runs the same no matter what.

There are mornings where it snows something tiny like 2-3 inches and I hear the reports on the news that traffic is backed up for up to two hours on some of the expressways. I would crap my pants if I was stuck in that. At least it only snows a handful of times a year.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:10 AM
 
Location: The City
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Most days as long as it takes me to walk from my bed to my office downstairs, but I usually stop to make coffee on the way
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