Commuting Poll – How Long is Your Commute?
While contemplating a long drive to an appointment almost an hour away, I thought of commuters. My friend Mike lives in the Woodlands and commutes daily to downtown Houston. That’s 45 minutes on a good day, without bad traffic. I asked once if he minded the long drive back and forth and he said “Of course” – but added that it is a lifestyle choice for his family so he bears it.
I guess in Houston many of us are spoiled – at least I am. I purchased a home that is centrally located and that takes 10 to 15 minutes to get just about anywhere I am going. Downtown is only 20 minutes away – with traffic. I have consciously chosen NOT to have a long commute through my adult life– I stress while driving and in traffic, and who needs added stress?
But I thought back to my early working days when I was quite young – and an hour was pretty much the norm for a commute back when I still lived in Philadelphia. Many people commuted by public transportation, and so you had to allow an hour for that. I did that; plus I moved farther north during graduate school. As I worked for the Phillies at the same time, I had to commute all the way to South Philadelphia where the stadium was located– about an hour’s drive because there was ALWAYS traffic to contend with. Grad school was equally far away. I was in my car all the time it seemed.
Back then, two hours for commuting out of my day didn’t seem unreasonable, yet now the very thought of that would send me reeling.
So I am wondering, for those of you still working the 40 hour week in your careers – what is your commute like, and did you factor that in at all when selecting your job?
This is interactive, and I want to hear from you. Telecommuters need not reply!!!!