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Old 04-04-2011, 08:28 AM
 
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This morning there is an accident on Memorial Bridge. The lineup for the bridge via Washington Blvd stretches onto 395, where the right lane was barely moving when I got on at Shirlington. I waited in traffic for about half an hour, then turned around at the Pentagon and went home. My office doesn't have telework, so I called in. Would rather burn through leave from the comfort of my couch than sit in traffic all morning.

Has anyone else ever just given up during a commute here? This wasn't some epic event, no snowstorm without plowed roads or a six-car pileup on the GW Parkway...just an average morning.

Which brings me to my next question...there is at least one accident on my travel route every. single. morning. The timing isn't always the same, so most days I am able to make it in at a reasonable time...but I don't understand why there is ALWAYS something on the traffic report. How hard is it NOT to hit the car in front of you?

Which brings me to my next complaint about the traffic report...WTOP, I no longer take you seriously. First you steal Lisa Baden from me, then you replace her with someone whose voice kinda grates. Now you're peppering almost every report with a commercial, telling me to go to your website and search for Paris Hilton to find out more. Really? REALLY?
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:39 AM
 
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This morning I had to dodge a large garbage bag full of styrofoam which had exploded open on the freeway. It's like a video game. If it's not ice bombs, it's trash bags.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:39 AM
 
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traffic is some of the worst in the country around here. people can't drive. they are all on their phones, texting, or busy with their heads up their a$$. this leads to the inevitable accident which screws up everyone's morning commute more than it already is.

i gave up and moved .5 miles walking distance to a metro stop since my office is located right next to a metro stop. i have a pretty consistent 25 minute commute including the walking time. its a significant improvment to the quality of life
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:18 AM
 
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I take a shuttle to work and back all the time. I always see people distracted by their phone.

A combination of distractions, not keeping your eyes on the road 110% of the time, and failure to check blind spots are a major cause of these accidents. I personally ignore all cellphone calls while I'm driving or I have my passenger answer it if I have one.

I gave up in another sense. I'm on flextime but if I leave past 7am I'm taking shuttle->metro. That way I can read, fiddle with my iphone, or sleep on the way to work and back. Far more relaxing in my opinion than dealing with traffic.

If I were in your shoes I might have taken that day off too. A commute that turns out to be far more stressful than usual is in danger of pissing you off at work too. I know I would be in danger of blowing up at someone for no reason at work with that kind of commute.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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I'm envious of people for whom Metro is an option. My work isn't anywhere near a station or a reliable, high-frequency bus route. On one hand, I save on rent because there is no incentive for me to live near a station, but on the other hand...Traffic. Always. No way around it.
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:56 AM
 
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If you have bailed out of traffic after 30 minutes, I got news for you: you're a weakling, and welcome to the area. Try getting stuck on a broken down metro train under the Potomac River, how about getting stuck on the VRE for 4 hours while the train crew removes trees from the track after a quasi-tornado. Oh wait until the next guy decides to jump off the WW Bridge.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:18 AM
 
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I'm envious of people for whom Metro is an option. My work isn't anywhere near a station or a reliable, high-frequency bus route. On one hand, I save on rent because there is no incentive for me to live near a station, but on the other hand...Traffic. Always. No way around it.
Are you on flextime or is work a strict 9-5 thing?
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:21 AM
 
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There is at least one accident every. single. morning. It sucks.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Springfield
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There is at least one accident every. single. morning. It sucks.
come out to the burbs!
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:37 AM
 
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I am in the burbs, sadly enough.
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