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Ralph E_#1
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Ralph E_#1   9/13/2012 7:34:25 PM
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Since the summer of 2000 I live about 32 miles north of San Jose where I work. If I leave the house at 6:30AM the commute is about 50 minutes to an hour. If I leave between 7AM and 9AM it's over an hour. Heading home between 4PM and 7PM is usually a bit over an hour +30/-0 depending on accidents on 880 or 680. I listen to public radio or my thumb drive all the way. Commute still takes it's toll, even with radio on. :-)

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w_greene   9/10/2012 9:19:17 PM
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I've had commutes ranging from 65 Miles to 3. The 65 Mile commute was on an outer ring highway and was accomplished at significantly higher than the posted 65 - Door to door 1 hour 15 minutes. This was possible due to relatively light traffic. That was approximately 16 years ago. A later job using the same freeway required the same time to travel 20 miles. I now commute 15 miles on local roads for a time each way of only 30 minutes. I found that commutes of greater than 30 minutes were required for enjoyment of audio books. Otherwise things were just to interrupted.

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KB3001   9/8/2012 2:05:15 PM
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I have never lived more than 2 miles away from work. That's how it should be ... ideally! That said, with today's technology, many people do not have to be physically present at work 5 days a week. Employers are also increasingly sympathetic.

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David Ashton   9/8/2012 10:35:56 AM
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I think it was Arthur C Clarke who once said he refused to travel in any form of conveyance in which he could not read. Trains are great for that - provided they are not tooo crowded. I've taken the train into Sydney a few times. It only knocks about 1/2 hr off the drive time, but you arrive with about 1/10 of the stress.

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Superbk   9/8/2012 3:44:32 AM
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Three years ago, after 7 years of being a tele-commuter, I interviewed for a job a 40 minute drive away. I have to admit, after the drive there for the interview, my heart wasn't really in it. I found another telecommuting job and have now been working from home for ten years.

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Duane Benson   9/7/2012 11:33:47 PM
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I walk to work. I did my time commuting though so I can appreciate it. For quite a number of years I drove routes (in the Portland, Oregon) area that could, depending on traffic, take anywhere for 30 minutes to nearly two hours. Whenever a recession hit or during spring break, the commute got noticeably better.

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krisi   9/7/2012 11:03:42 PM
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Pretty good deal Jonathan...I tried something similar in Vancouver, BC where I live but it is convoluted here, they charge you extra for the bike, you need showers ta work etc...Kris

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Jonathan Zingman   9/7/2012 9:56:21 PM
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I commute from the East Bay to Santa Clara on Amtrak's Capital Corridor train. $256/month for unlimited rides. I bicycle from home to the train, throw the bike on the train and then ride to work afterwards. Can't be beat. Of course, if Amtrak knew how to provide Wifi competently it would be even better. It's relaxing, much cheaper than driving and pollutes less. I even prefer it when it's raining since California drivers aren't too good on wet roads.

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Bajablue   9/7/2012 5:17:40 PM
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Nothing compares to the post earthquake days in 1989. Combine a robust economy with destroyed freeway arteries and you get Silicon Valleys version of carmegeddon. Terrible time to commute down from Pleasanton to Milpitas (in those days). I tried everything - books on tape and things like that but it was just brutal. Now (very similar commute) I stagger my hours - get to my office no later than 6:30 and leave around 3:30 then work from home the rest of the day.

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Brian Fuller2   9/7/2012 4:57:02 PM
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@Wnderer, given that lengthy span of walking, is it safe to assume when you shifted jobs you chose a place to live with walk-to-work in mind? Kudos either way.

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