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    Thread: Sad, new driving trend: Are you a "super commuter"?

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      04-13-2012 12:04 PM #141
      jesus christ... I walk 1 mile to my train, get on that and go to work...

      This type of 'supercommuting' wouldn't exist if we had a better national public transportation system

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      04-13-2012 12:08 PM #142
      Let's not forget, some people hate their spouse/families and actually relish the 1.5 hours of alone time in their car on the way too and from work. They can pick their nose, or fart or jerk off in peace.

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      04-13-2012 12:16 PM #143
      Quote Originally Posted by dunhamjr View Post
      we are far enough off topic.

      to revert.

      telework is not the magic bullet solution to super commuting.
      it CAN be a good option sometimes.

      but there are better. like, live near work instead of 2 states away.
      Well then to be MORE on topic, I imagine the situation you are describing applies to less than 1% of the workforce. There is a large part of the workforce still out there spending needless gas, time, and money commuting. There could be a LOT more teleworking going on than there is currently, due to outdated workplace policies. That was my "original" point.

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      04-13-2012 12:16 PM #144
      i dont think i could ever commute an hour to work, probably 45 minutes would be my upper limit and it would have to be a nice drive or on a motorcycle

      last summer i was commuting half an hour on a longboard every day downhill through city traffic. it was awesome. the ride/walk back after the metro shut down kinda sucked though.

      also, working for progressive companies is the only way to go. the whole coming to work on time/actually going in to work is so old fashioned.
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      04-13-2012 12:27 PM #145
      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      This type of 'supercommuting' wouldn't exist if we had a better national public transportation system
      that sounds a lot like government handouts... or something poor people might use.



      my commute is about 30 minutes door to door going 60-70 the whole time, and i think thats about all i can stand, at least until fuel gets even more expensive.

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      04-13-2012 12:30 PM #146
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      that sounds a lot like government handouts... or something poor people might use.


      in all seriousness, im dying for some high speed rail.
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      Nah, understeering into a tree in a Honda like a teenage girl ruins your street cred. I'd leave the door to show how hard you are.

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      04-13-2012 12:34 PM #147
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      that sounds a lot like government handouts... or something poor people might use.
      Poor people don't usually commute; as they don't usually work, let alone drive/travel to a good paying job.

      If they did; they wouldn't be poor

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      04-13-2012 12:34 PM #148
      in the winter i have a 3 kilometer (2 miles) drive that takes about 15 minutes. in the summer that turns into a 20 minute longboard or a 10 minute bike. **** commuting
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      04-13-2012 12:36 PM #149
      Quote Originally Posted by dubinsincuwereindiapers View Post
      If they did; they wouldn't be poor
      go on...
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      04-13-2012 12:38 PM #150
      Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post
      Let's not forget, some people hate their spouse/families and actually relish the 1.5 hours of alone time in their car on the way too and from work. They can pick their nose, or fart or jerk off in peace.
      Or some of us are sad lonely people that the only thing waiting for us to get home is the cat.

    11. 04-13-2012 12:45 PM #151
      Quote Originally Posted by dubinsincuwereindiapers View Post
      Poor people don't usually commute; as they don't usually work, let alone drive/travel to a good paying job.

      If they did; they wouldn't be poor
      No, there are a hell of a lot of working poor. And they've often got diminished access to transit because good transit increases property values, therefore rents etc.

      And that alone is a good reason to keep on building more of it.
      call it potatography

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      04-13-2012 12:48 PM #152
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      And....... how many of them commute a significant distance to work?

      That information has NOTHING to do with my comments. Reread my post, digest, then respond.

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      04-13-2012 12:48 PM #153
      I thought about buying a house that is about a half hour commute from my workplace but in the end i could not justify it.

      With my pay structure, i cant afford a mortgage on a house in the town i live in. But the added costs of gas may as well be applied to a house here when i can afford it.

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      04-13-2012 12:50 PM #154
      Quote Originally Posted by dubinsincuwereindiapers View Post
      Reread my post, digest, then respond.
      the post where you suggested poor people dont work?

      yeah, i got it.

      i was introducing you to the concept (and associated statistics) of "the working poor".

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      04-13-2012 12:50 PM #155
      Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post
      Let's not forget, some people hate their spouse/families and actually relish the 1.5 hours of alone time in their car on the way too and from work. They can pick their nose, or fart or jerk off in peace.
      But when you're driving, your not really having a good time... I get to watch TV on the train.

      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      that sounds a lot like government handouts... or something poor people might use.
      Not sure if you're serious... but think about it this way... a national public transportation system would create jobs and allow people in remote locations an easier way to get to large cities where work might be.

      Though of course if the government ran it, it'd be bankrupt within hours.

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      04-13-2012 12:51 PM #156
      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      Not sure if you're serious...
      i wasnt. the post was lacking the appropriate amount of sarcasm smileys...

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      04-13-2012 12:53 PM #157
      About an hour round trip for my wife, very much the norm here in rural New England. I know lots of people who do twice that. Up here, the good jobs are clustered in the cities. Many folks couldn't sell there house and move closer in this market even if they wanted to. Plus, to live in the same town as the best jobs will cost you twice what you pay to live in an outlying town... way more then it costs you to commute.

      And forget about public transportation. Rural American Eff Yeah!

      This guys seems to have chosen this by moving to the country. If he think's it's worth it, good for him.

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      04-13-2012 12:54 PM #158
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      the post where you suggested poor people dont work?

      yeah, i got it.

      i was introducing you to the concept (and associated statistics) of "the working poor".
      Wrong again. I suggested that that they don't COMMUTE to good paying jobs.

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      04-13-2012 12:56 PM #159
      Quote Originally Posted by dubinsincuwereindiapers View Post
      Wrong again. I suggested that that they don't COMMUTE to good paying jobs.
      so they live at mcdonalds?
      or do you think they just appear there?

      because most of them surely cant afford to drive an hour to make $30/day

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      04-13-2012 12:59 PM #160
      commuting wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have to stop every 1/10 of a mile.

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      04-13-2012 01:01 PM #161
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      so they live at mcdonalds?
      or do you think they just appear there?

      because most of them surely cant afford to drive an hour to make $30/day
      Troll on Did you miss the topic of this thread? Its about people who DRIVE long distances to work.

      The POOR generally don't drive long distances to work.

      Comprehension > you

    22. 04-13-2012 01:06 PM #162
      My commute is 50 mi each way, but is all interstate travel at 70-80. Takes me about 35-45 minutes each way. I do it because I have a very good job in an area I don't want to live. I would like to move a bit closer to make it like 35 mi each way, but that will have to wait for a bit.

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      04-13-2012 01:08 PM #163
      “super commuters”-- people who travel about 100 miles each way to work.
      Quote Originally Posted by DSG-TDI View Post
      I'm close ... I drive 80 miles roundtrip per day for work.
      Hey Mom, I got 40 out of 100 on that test. I'm close to an A. I see now why you commute such long distances for work...
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      04-13-2012 01:10 PM #164
      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      jesus christ... I walk 1 mile to my train, get on that and go to work...

      This type of 'supercommuting' wouldn't exist if we had a better national public transportation system
      Or we simultaneously encouraged mixed use urban development and discouraged sprawl.

      Of course I'm not one to talk: I live a 1 mile walk to the train, and in my previous house I lived 1.5 miles from a train station. But I really like my job and they're not moving, and they encourage people being in the office.
      Not an enthusiast.

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      04-13-2012 01:12 PM #165
      Quote Originally Posted by turbo_nine View Post
      No, there are a hell of a lot of working poor. And they've often got diminished access to transit because good transit increases property values, therefore rents etc.

      And that alone is a good reason to keep on building more of it.
      Good transit exists in every ghetto. Bus, rapid transit, etc. They all travel to train stations, and long distance bus terminals.

      If these people lack the education, skills, and compunction to use the resources available to them to get to a good paying job; this is is not a failure inherent in the readily available public transit systems.

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      04-13-2012 01:17 PM #166
      Quote Originally Posted by dubinsincuwereindiapers View Post
      Good transit exists in every ghetto. Bus, rapid transit, etc. They all travel to train stations, and long distance bus terminals.

      If these people lack the education, skills, and compunction to use the resources available to them to get to a good paying job; this is is not a failure inherent in the readily available public transit systems.
      You much live on the East Coast in a densely populated area. This transit thing you speak of doesn't exist on the West.

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      04-13-2012 01:21 PM #167
      Quote Originally Posted by 2000JettaGLXVR6 View Post
      You much live on the East Coast in a densely populated area. This transit thing you speak of doesn't exist on the West.
      yup.

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      04-13-2012 01:22 PM #168
      60mi each way 3 days a week for my internship, 45 mi each way 2 days a week for my paid job, and 40mi 2 days a week for class. With my jobs, school, and driving back and forth to school on random days and weekends for all my projects (2-weeks left before I graduate cross-fingers) I have racked up 5190 of the 5200 miles on my Jetta in the past 6 weeks.

      At 30mpg with gas prices avg about $3.85 that is: $666.05. I am kind of upset I did the math,

      The worst isn't the mileage though. If anyone drives on 422 & 76 they know what I am talking about. It takes 2-2.5hrs to do the 60mi for my internship in the mornings (w/ no traffic I can do it under an hr). In the evenings it takes closer to 3hrs and god forbid someone gets in an accident than I'm looking at 3+hrs.

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      04-13-2012 01:28 PM #169
      Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post
      Let's not forget, some people hate their spouse/families and actually relish the 1.5 hours of alone time in their car on the way too and from work. They can pick their nose, or fart or jerk off in peace.
      If you hate your family/spouse that much, I'm not sure the solution is to commute extra far so you don't have to spend time with them.
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      04-13-2012 01:29 PM #170
      Quote Originally Posted by 2000JettaGLXVR6 View Post
      You much live on the East Coast in a densely populated area. This transit thing you speak of doesn't exist on the West.
      I do





      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      yup.
      Are you answering for yourself, or me? Im capable of posting my own responses buddy.

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      04-13-2012 01:30 PM #171
      Quote Originally Posted by dubinsincuwereindiapers View Post


      Are you answering for yourself, or me? Im capable of posting my own responses buddy.
      im agreeing with the last part of his statement. buddy

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      04-13-2012 01:32 PM #172
      Quote Originally Posted by dubinsincuwereindiapers View Post
      Good transit exists in every ghetto. Bus, rapid transit, etc. They all travel to train stations, and long distance bus terminals.
      sure, but what does the availability of transportation have to do with how long it takes to get people from where they work to where they can afford to live? Whether its by plane, train, or automobile, its still a commute, and that's what this thread is about.
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      04-13-2012 01:32 PM #173
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      im agreeing with the last part of his statement. buddy
      Thanks for the clarification buddy.

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      04-13-2012 01:47 PM #174
      Quote Originally Posted by dubinsincuwereindiapers View Post
      Wrong again. I suggested that that they don't COMMUTE to good paying jobs.
      So you didn't say this?

      Quote Originally Posted by dubinsincuwereindiapers View Post
      Poor people don't usually commute; as they don't usually work, let alone drive/travel to a good paying job.

      If they did; they wouldn't be poor
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      Quote Originally Posted by Chmeeee View Post
      So you didn't say this?
      They usually don't work. I didn't say none work.

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