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Tell Me About Your Commute

creativelicensecreativelicense Posts: 422Registered Users
Mine sucks and I want to feel less alone.

I live in San Francisco and have a car, but driving to work everyday it's far too expensive because I have to pay for parking.

That means I have to rely on the public transportation system, MUNI, which is slow and unreliable. When they're isn't a breakdown, derailment, or emergency, it takes me an hour door to door, traveling about 7 miles. If something hits wrong it can (and has) take 2 hours.

Yes, I'm kvetching. But it really does suck! Hmph!

What about your commute?

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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    I live 3.5 miles away and only get bad traffic Thursday and Friday afternoons. Normally it takes 30 mins door to desk. it's about a 10-15 minute commute and a 10 minute walk from my parking deck to the building.
  • LadyV69LadyV69 Posts: 3,397Registered Users
    Mine is about 35 minutes on a good day. I too take public transportation but I don't have a car. I have to take two trains-one of them is good, but the other one is unreliable. I'm late once every other week on average.
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    I only live three miles from work. On a normal day it takes me longer to walk from my parking spot to my office than it does to drive from home to my parking spot! My husband drives about four miles to work.

    I've never had more than a 30 minute commute.
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  • SCGSCG Posts: 5,416Registered Users
    I drive 35 minutes to school each way, Monday - Thursday. It doesn't sound that long, but it does get repetitive. I like to get audio books from the library, which I should really start doing again! They help a lot.

    Work is only about 6-8 minutes from my house (depending on traffic), which is a nice break.

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  • DsotomayorDsotomayor Posts: 173Registered Users
    I work about 20 mins. from home. I live right by the expressway and when I get there, my job is right off the expressway. Pretty convenient. My husband sometimes drives me (its downtown so no street parking) or I can take the train which would take me about 30 minutes (2 trains). I ride the trains and buses for free because I work for the transit system....Ironically, I hate taking public transportion! Lol

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  • gekko422gekko422 Posts: 4,869Registered Users
    I live in El Granada and commute to Burlingame. It's a fair stretch (I am assuming you know where I am talking about), but it involves driving along the ocean, through the hills, past the reservoir, and I am almost guaranteed a gorgeous sunrise along the way.

    So, it's more of a commute than I wanted, but I don't mind it so much. :)
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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    I walk out my front door, cross the yard and make it to work in about 5 minutes. Sorry...
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  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    I dont like you any more TNB!!

    I dont have a car so i have to take the bus. i catch it at 6:10 and make it to work by 7:30 if everything goes well.
  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    gekko422 wrote: »
    I live in El Granada and commute to Burlingame. It's a fair stretch (I am assuming you know where I am talking about), but it involves driving along the ocean, through the hills, past the reservoir, and I am almost guaranteed a gorgeous sunrise along the way.

    So, it's more of a commute than I wanted, but I don't mind it so much. :)

    I go past about four taco places, an oil change shop, a grade school, and the Loop entrance. Oh, and on the way home, there are always homeless people asking for money.

    Not quite the scenic drive you have, Gekko! ;)
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  • SarcasmIsBeautySarcasmIsBeauty Posts: 5,640Registered Users
    My commute sucks but it mostly sucks because people out here don't know how to drive.

    I leave by 6:15-6:20am and get to work around 7-7:10 but only because I take some back road halfway through my commute to get on to the parkway. It would take longer if I didn't. I have to be at work at 8am but I leave early because I refuse to sit in traffic caused by people being stupid.

    Coming home is a different story, I leave at 5:30pm and don't get home until nearly 7, 6:30 if I'm lucky.
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  • divegirldivegirl Posts: 1,286Registered Users
    I live about 5.5 miles from work. All country road, no traffic, no public transportation.

    I ride my bike to and from work during daylights savings time. Once or twice a year I will swim home from work :) It's about a 2-mile river swim (one-way).
  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote: »
    gekko422 wrote: »
    I live in El Granada and commute to Burlingame. It's a fair stretch (I am assuming you know where I am talking about), but it involves driving along the ocean, through the hills, past the reservoir, and I am almost guaranteed a gorgeous sunrise along the way.

    So, it's more of a commute than I wanted, but I don't mind it so much. :)

    I go past about four taco places, an oil change shop, a grade school, and the Loop entrance. Oh, and on the way home, there are always homeless people asking for money.

    Not quite the scenic drive you have, Gekko! ;)

    I drive past two quarries and some free range cattle... :D

    It's 12 minutes from parked to the entrance to work, and typically another 10-15 minutes once on the plant site to my desk because the driveways and parking lots are ridiculous. If the more direct route to work weren't washed out, it would take me about 5 minutes to get there.
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  • sarah42sarah42 Posts: 4,034Registered Users
    I live about 4 miles from my workplace, and it would be a 10-minute or so drive if I were going directly there. But, I have to drop off/pick up my kids from two different places (preschool and school), so it's more like 45 minutes, counting walking the kiddos in, etc. But the upside is that my DH and I work at the same place (different departments of a university), so we usually drive in together.

    When the weather is nice during Daylight Saving Time, I bicycle in and let DH drop off the kids. Then he bikes home and I pick up the kids. It's a nice system.
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  • Jenny CJenny C Posts: 1,195Registered Users
    I don't commute anymore, but I used to take the Seastreak ferry - the one that crashed into Pier 11 today. It sucked. It was like a 15 minute drive to the ferry, then 45 minutes on the boat and then a 5-10 minute walk to my office. Plus I had to build in extra time to park and make sure I didn't' miss the boat so it was like an hour and a half door to door.

    When I lived just a few miles from the city in Hoboken I used to take the bus from my corner to the PATH and then walk. That was about 45 minutes door to door.
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  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    I just looked it up on google maps and I live 3.5 miles from work if I were to walk it (which, seriously, I never will), but 6 miles driving (darn city roads). I share a car with my boyfriend, but neither of us drive to work regularly because we'd have to pay for parking. Although, we could get monthly parking passes that aren't TOO expensive, but the problem is parking at home after work, as we only have street parking and it can get really tough from 6pm on to find a spot.

    I take the bus to the train. On a good day it's 30 minutes door to door, but I always give myself an hour just in case I have to wait more than I'm expecting. I have an iPhone app that tells you when the bus is coming, which has made waiting for the bus infinitely better. And the trains come often enough that it's not a big deal.
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  • PerriPPerriP Posts: 6,613Registered Users
    I live about 25 miles from work - pretty much all highway driving. It takes me about 40-45 minutes to get to work (leaving at 615am - if I leave later it makes the drive much longer and I'd rather get to work 30 mins early than sit in traffic). Going home, if I leave right at 4 when I get off, I can make it in about 30 minutes, sometimes a bit less.

    Those are assuming there are no accidents or other traffic issues.
    I really don't mind the drive home but the drive to work annoys me most mornings - BUT I really like living where I live so the drive is worth it to me.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    First, I drop my daughter at school and my son at pre-school, then I go thru the Starbucks drive thru, jump on the freeway and drive 17 miles downtown. Then I park my car on the top level of a very tall parking structurem make my way down to the 1st floor and walk three blocks in an enclosed walkway that lets out half a block from my office building.

    It takes me way too long and, btwn gas and parking, it is way too expensive.

    I arrive at work feeling spent.

  • MojoDojoMojoDojo Posts: 702Registered Users
    It takes me about 40mins, if traffic is good.

    I've been late because of accidents, or weather (or once because my windshield wiper fluid ran out and I didn't have any more), but I usually try to leave early.

    If I get the job I just interviewed for, it would be a 30 min commute.
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  • CurlyCurliesCurlyCurlies Posts: 1,641Registered Users
    Drive to train station - 10 min
    Train to downtown - 15 min
    Walk from train station - 5 min

    On the days when I can't get to the station by car, the bus ride is 20 - 25 mins long.

    I wish I stayed closer to work. I once had a coworker who walked from his apartment (about 10 min) every morning.
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  • EricachristinaEricachristina Posts: 496Registered Users
    I don't care for my morning commute either but coming home in rush hour is even worse.
    I have to drive downtown every morning and I have to get up extra early to give myself enough time to get through traffic and deal with the crazy drivers. I pay for parking which I don't mind because I really detest public transportation especially the subway, I don't care how much it is I would rather pay than take the subway. The last time my friends convinced me that the subway was faster I had to spray air freshener down there because it smelled like a toilet (I had a tiny can of glade)...and some of the people I encountered didn't smell much better....and sometimes they are all smooshed up on you....no thanks. Oh and let's not forget the time the police had to come and physically take this man off the train for causing trouble...ill sit in traffic from now on.

    Getting up early just to beat traffic is what I hate the most but the earlier I make my appointments and get them over with the earlier I can get home.
  • YomYom Posts: 1,146Registered Users
    I ride my bike to the train station (3 min)
    Take the train (40 min)
    Take the subway (5 min)
    Walk to college (2 min)

    However it takes about 80-90 minutes from door to door..
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  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,771Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I leave at 7:30, stop for coffee and am at my desk by 8.

    I live and work right off the hwy, and do against traffic, so I don't mind.
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  • crimsonshedemoncrimsonshedemon Posts: 2,098Registered Users
    I don't work right now but my husband has always commuted.
    For many years, he drove 85 miles each way. He practically lived in his car.
    For the last 10 years or so, he's only driven about 40 miles each way. When gas prices when up, we were paying 500$/month just in gas.
    He now vanpools and pays 140$/month and gets 65$ back from the state for commuting. He hates it but it saves a ton of money.
  • curlysue21curlysue21 Posts: 5,219Registered Users
    Go down my street, take a right, go about 1/4 of a mile, take a left and I'm there. If it makes you feel better I make diddly squat at my job.
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  • curlyarcacurlyarca Posts: 8,449Registered Users
    My commute is 7 miles each way, about 15-20 minutes driving. It's not scenic or beautiful, really.

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  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,677Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I drive to work and it's between 30 and 40 mins depending on traffic, lights and whether it's a weekend or weekday. I work nights so am against the flow of traffic which makes a big difference, it makes me shudder to look at the queues of cars heading to the city in a morning as I'm heading home.
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,495Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    oh dear... maybe i shouldn't post this then...

    10 minutes on the bus and 25 minutes to walk (if i get all the lights). if it helps, it's downtown in a small Canadian city with no scenery to speak of, unless some gorgeous piece of eye candy wanders by - and they're all up at the university.

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  • cmb4314cmb4314 Posts: 984Registered Users
    I leave at 7:00 every morning, and assuming no accidents, it takes about 25 minutes each way. 10-13 minutes (depending on how I hit the lights) on local roads, 10 minutes (assuming no traffic) on the highway, and then about a mile on local roads when I get off the highway.

    Usually, the traffic on the highway moves just fine, slowing down near some predictable choke points but generally moving pretty well. The only times I've had real trouble are when it has snowed and the road conditions slow everything down.
  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    I live about 40 miles from work (midtown NYC). You could not pay me enough to drive and sit in traffic.

    My commute takes about 90 minutes each way.
    10 min to drive to train station, park and walk to the train
    about an hour for the train ride
    20 min to walk a mile from the train station to the office. I can take a bus for about 2/3 of the way, or the subway, but then I have to transfer trains. Usually I walk because it seems silly to pay for such a short ride.
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  • PoPo Posts: 2,607Registered Users
    I drive about 20 miles to get to work. I live about 5-7 miles away from the nearest interstate/freeway and my job is in an undisclosed building in the middle of nowhere (yes, really!), so my commute is kinda long. And Nashville traffic is horrible. It easily takes me an hour to an hour and a half to get home in the evening.

    I prefer driving for fun stuff and on the weekends, but I would rather take public transit to and from work.
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