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Old 05-26-2014, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Savannah
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We all know that long commutes can have a detrimental effect on happiness, but it turns out it can play an instrumental role in killing you, too.

Long commutes cause obesity, neck pain, loneliness, divorce, stress, and insomnia.
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Old 05-27-2014, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Fortunately, most of us commute by car, which means shorter commutes. Those poor obese, depressed, divorced people in NYC on the other hand...

New Yorkers have longest commute times in the U.S.: report - NY Daily News
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:46 PM
 
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Fortunately, most of us commute by car, which means shorter commutes. Those poor obese, depressed, divorced people in NYC on the other hand...

New Yorkers have longest commute times in the U.S.: report - NY Daily News
That might have something to do with traffic congestion. Correct me if I'm wrong but NYC has quite a few cars on the road, given its population.
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Old 05-27-2014, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Not really given it's population.

Larger metro areas of course suffer from obesity, divorce, and depression more than smaller metros since they tend to have longer commutes, but that's not greatly correlated. Very rural areas, for example, have lots of obesity, divorce, and depression due to long commutes. Eg, California has shorter commutes than North Dakota on average.

Los Angeles, second largest metro, has 27 minute average commute times for the drivers versus 48 minutes for public transit users. Fortunately, not many people in LA use public transit to get to work so the average is still under 30 minutes.

I mean, it's not Houston good, but much better than more transit-oriented cities that are smaller like DC or Chicago.
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Old 05-27-2014, 03:24 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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That might have something to do with traffic congestion. Correct me if I'm wrong but NYC has quite a few cars on the road, given its population.
It does, but public transit commutes can be long in NYC. It's something locals are familiar with, and apparently out of towners often not for whatever reason, especially judging by some posters that unreasonable commute expectations in the NYC forum (under 30 minutes door to door commute to Manhattan outside of Manhattan?* )

*actually I do know people who have that, but still it's not the norm.

Comparing public transit commutes with driving commutes isn't necessarily meaningful as the commutes are going to different places and are of a different length.
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Old 05-27-2014, 03:25 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Fortunately, most of us commute by car, which means shorter commutes. Those poor obese, depressed, divorced people in NYC on the other hand...

New Yorkers have longest commute times in the U.S.: report - NY Daily News
A lot of that is size more so than just type of commute.
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Old 05-27-2014, 03:54 PM
 
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Sure, but LA has shorter commutes than DC or Chicago. Houston does even better.
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Old 05-27-2014, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Maui County, HI
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Fortunately, most of us commute by car, which means shorter commutes. Those poor obese, depressed, divorced people in NYC on the other hand...

New Yorkers have longest commute times in the U.S.: report - NY Daily News
Are you serious? Have you been to any big city? Commuting by car is SLOW. Put in commuter rail lines, and commutes in any major city will halve. Note that I said commuter rail, not buses and not in-city rail
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Old 05-27-2014, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Maui County, HI
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Sure, but LA has shorter commutes than DC or Chicago. Houston does even better.
You know what they say about statistics...

A commute from the closer suburbs to downtown Houston will take an hour, or 50 minutes if you're lucky.
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Old 05-27-2014, 05:31 PM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Are you serious? Have you been to any big city? Commuting by car is SLOW. Put in commuter rail lines, and commutes in any major city will halve. Note that I said commuter rail, not buses and not in-city rail
A rail commute to Manhattan is usually faster than driving the same commute, so not many drive. However, this situation means driving is really slow. Other commutes that rail doesn't cover are generally faster and traffic isn't as bad.
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