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BurntOrange

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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:21:09 AM

Think your commute is bad? Try being one of the 600,000 Americans who travel more than 90 minutes each way over a distance of at least 50 miles to get to work.
Dubbed "megacommutes," these trips are concentrated mostly around large cities -- especially New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and New Orleans -- according a new U.S. Census Bureau report.

ust under 1% of full-time workers make that kind of trek. The average "megacommuter" is more likely to be male, older, married and higher-paid than the average worker. They're also more likely to leave for the office before 6 a.m.
Just over 8% of full-time workers -- almost 11 million people -- had merely "long commutes" that took over an hour each way in 2011, according to the report.
New York had the highest percentage ...
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 6:39:14 AM

I used to (the 50 mile part, only took ~45 minutes though).
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Bussman
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 4:02:00 AM

Nightmare.
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Trudat316
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 1:36:53 AM

Think of the truck driver. Probably a 600 mile a day "commute", and away from the family for a week or two at a time.
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wild3bill
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 12:29:36 AM

Been there don that when gas was under $one/gallon!Half way through my career I switched to a 9 Mile commute under 20 minutes!
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mpg611
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 12:24:15 AM

People want to live in nice affordable neighborhoods, which are usually far away from their good paying jobs in the city. Cities are expensive to live in and may not be the best in terms of safety and other factors. Thats especially the case in Los Angeles and Chicago.

You gotta do what you gotta do. Granted the drive may not always be pleasant but at least you have a job to go to.
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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:38:22 PM


Quite a waste of both time and energy. Especially tragic is the loss of 'family' time.

One of my former neighbors in York, ME commuted to a good job as a Director of Regulatory Affairs at a prominent Brit. medical manufacturer in Wilmington, MA, 60 mi and 1 hr 25 minutes each way! It was a drastic contrast to my short hop up I-95 to Saco, ME. It is all a matter of economics and trade offs.
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:52:29 PM

No job is worth 3 hours of travel time.
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BBopp
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:15:11 PM

Those commutes make mine look miniscule.
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nordlead
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 4:26:52 PM

@SVmike

Sure, most people commute within range of an EV, but you need more range than the daily commute to make it your primary car. EV activists love to forget that people do things beside commute and that not everyone can afford a second car (or rental) just for those occasions. I mean, I'd be hard pressed to go to work, go home, and then take my family to the state park to play disc golf (70 miles total and most pure EVs that I've seen only get 75 miles going 55mph. I wouldn't rent a car for $40 just to play disc golf in the evening and waiting for the car to recharge wouldn't always be practical.
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07skydriver
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:35:51 PM

Time is more important than money.
Just stay home.
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SVmike
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:14:31 PM

The real message here is that ONLY a few percent of commuters have to travel far enough that an EV built today cannot handle the distance. Yes, lots of people can't plug them in at their apartments, etc. But fixing this (incrementally for a few % each year) is cheaper than the billions we spend every day importing oil that just keeps getting more expensive. Buying an EV and charging it at night would work for a high percentage of commuters, especially as their second car.

The "range anxiety" crowd is just amplifying a minor concern.
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mitt4prez
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:24:54 PM

The jams are the worst part of long commutes.
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335d1
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:15:05 PM

Can't complain about mine.
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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:11:02 PM

The bad part isn't necessarily the distance, but that in some areas it takes 90 minutes to go what would normally be 30 minutes' worth of distance.
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qwerty17
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:52:48 PM

ugh!
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BobBG
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:36:31 PM

I'm glad I only live 1.75 miles from work. I can walk it in about 1/2 hour.
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schatzila
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:36:25 PM

glad I'm not one of them.
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mkohly
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:00:24 PM

All commuters are not drivers!

Read the article and think before calling it a waste of fuel.
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oilfreak
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:57:41 AM

Lots of people are gonna do stuff like that in much of their lifetime.
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BigTruc
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:32:47 AM

Good news has a job.

Bad news, too much wasted time & fuel.
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DoctorV
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:46:58 AM

Anyone here driving over 15 miles to work shouldn't be whining about high gas prices.
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DesertRat2011
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:42:54 AM

Sue glad mine is only 30 min & 25 miles each way.
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JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:19:45 AM

In 1965 when the "bypass" went through our farm taking 25% of the 57 acres, neighboring farms went up into housing.

A neighbor went to Philadelphia for work, traveling over 1 and a half hours.
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BEGTWO
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:13:43 AM

Thank God I don't!
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MrDeath666
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:30:48 AM

Those people must be insane. Afraid to move closer to work or get a job closer to home.
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EnviroChemist
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:25:56 AM

Long commutes usually give you time to calm down and be in a better mood before getting home.
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sciotosix
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:24:22 AM

Thankfully, I don't have to do the megacommute any longer.
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JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:22:30 AM

I'll need to read the whole article before commenting substantively.
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amoshins
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:21:16 AM

Cheaper than moving unless gas goes up astronomically
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bar1035
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:12:27 AM

Gotta do what you gotta do ... or what your wife tells you to.
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USMCturtlehead
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:11:13 AM

Price to pay to earn a living. Not easy on many and I sincerely fel for them.
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bsnort
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:08:57 AM

when i lived in southern california my 16 mile commute took 40-45 minutes (assuming there wasn't an accident or the police had someone pulled over). don't miss it at all.
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TXRanger09
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:58:54 AM

This is a question I wish GasBuddy would put to our members; How many miles do you drive to work a day?
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MiataPrincess
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:58:43 AM

what a waste of gas, time, money & being away from family..I wonder how many do have a choice and could reduce their time or at least have more than 1 person in the car...just wondering
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Sanpoil
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:58:28 AM

It comes down to choice and quality of living.
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darshanzala
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:54:09 AM

Looks exciting...
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amerk73
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:50:58 AM

cool
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NoSoup4U
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:43:19 AM

That's part of the big problem: we have it ingrained to live really far away from work and drive a ton. Hence wasting tons of fuel. We need to be more efficient about where we live, how we commute, how much gas we use. Conserve, let's really put a dent in the gas demand, and see if we can have a real effect on prices.
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REBELFAN39
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:40:54 AM

3 hours of each day wasted, I would hate to have that commute!
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BurntOrange
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:31:03 AM

humblepie wrote:

"in some places thats only 5-10 miles too"

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You can walk 4 mph at a brisk pace.
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merlinCO
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:27:36 AM

Maybe they should move closer......
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:23:54 AM

in some places thats only 5-10 miles too
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BurntOrange
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:23:17 AM

The time is bad, but if these megacommuters travel 80 miles each way and
get 20 MPG, that's 8 gallons of gas per day.

At $4/gallon, and 20 work days per month, that's $740/month.
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lcleveland
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:23:09 AM

I only travel 23 miles but it takes 45 mins.
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AVKZ
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:22:05 AM

I would hate a long commute.
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