The Best Way to Commute: Hardly At All

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Posted by The Editors on September 28, 2011
The Best Way to Commute: Hardly At All

My friend, Jane, isn’t thrilled with her new job. Despite the great experience she’s getting, she’s not at all using her degree in (or satisfying her passion for) Public Relations. But that’s not the issue.

The reason Jane hates her job is the nearly one-hour commute required to get there (one way, without traffic). If there’s a sports game with a post-workday start time, forget it. What I find most unfortunate about this situation, though, is not that the commute is long, but that she spends those two hours driving. No Kindle-reading or Sudoku-playing to entertain her. No zoning out.

It seems that the vast majority of my friends (most of whom live in Philadelphia) can walk, bike, take the subway, or ride a bus to work. Perhaps that’s why I’m so baffled by Jane’s commute. When digging a little deeper into the topic of commuting, however, I quickly learned that Jane’s not at all alone. According to this U.S. Commuting Statistical Analysis, out of the 128.3 million commuters in the U.S., a full 88.6 percent either drive alone or carpool. 

In short, Jane’s commute isn’t that insane; in fact, it’s more normal than mine. But I wouldn’t trade my five-block commute for hers any day, at least not without a major raise and a hefty collection of books on tape.

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