10 longest commutes in the U.S.
Census data reveal that Maryland drivers spend the most time traveling to work.
A new survey shows that American commutes are long and lonely. On average, commuters log 25.5 minutes getting to work each day, and three-quarters of commuters drive alone, according to the 2009-2011 American Community Survey, a program run by the US Census Bureau.
Maryland drivers have it the worst, logging 32.2 minutes in transit, with New Yorkers trailing close behind at 31.5 minutes. New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Virginia, California, Georgia and New Hampshire round out the 10 longest commutes.
In the minority are car poolers, at 10 percent of commuters, and those relying on public transportation, 5 percent.
The reason so many drive solo? Free parking. "If you can park free at work, it's an invitation to drive to work alone. And almost everybody who does drive to work has this invitation," Donald Shoup, a UCLA professor of urban planning, told California Watch, an independent group of investigative reporters.
A recent study by the European GPS manufacturer TomTom, which ranked the top metro areas in North America with the worst traffic, put Los Angeles at the top of the list, not surprisingly. Houston, San Francisco and Minneapolis were singled out for having burgeoning gridlock problems.
A possible solution to our collective commuting woes could lie in legislation that was passed two decades ago in California. In 1992, a law requiring companies to offer employees the option of receiving cash instead of free parking was passed. Shoup, who conducted a study of this "cash-out program," found that when it was used, it resulted in a 17 percent drop in solo driving, a 50 percent boost in public-transportation usage, a 33 percent rise in walking and biking and a 64 percent increase in car pooling.
And yet, few people take advantage of the program. If they did, Shoup says, it would be a game-changer: "It would really turn things upside down. Parking, which used to be free, now has an opportunity cost. They could get cash, so now you think, 'Well, gee, maybe I should think about transit.'"
I for one enjoy my "alone" time in the car. I have to spend 8+ hours at work each day around other people. The daily commute is the only time I have to myself between home & work. My 137 mile round trip daily, allows me to listen to a lot of great audio books and sports radio. Public transportation is not appealing; stinky seats, smelly people, pushing, shoving, delays; like living in an ant colony.
Taking Transit would have added 2 hours to the commute, making it over 4 hours to and from work. She remained in the job because of the pay and the good group she worked with. She is glad the job ended when it did.
On a side note my wife's cousin had to retire early because of the stress of her commute. It had caused he to have mini strokes which would have led to a major stroke if she had not
left the grueling commute and stressful job. She is now doing pretty well.
They forgot Alaska....again.
Believe it or not, Alaska IS a part of the United States. In fact, it's the 49th state in the Union.
6 miles from home to work. Go home for a hour nap at lunch.
Minneapolis even when it snows, I am never late.
It takes me 90 minutes to get TO work every day and if and accident occurs...add another 45 minutes.
so i spend anwhee from 3 hours to 5 hours on the road each day... round trip..
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