As the economy improves, we spend more time in the car. What are your calm-commute strategies?
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SAN FRANCISCO--With prosperity comes
, especially when you're commuting in one of
the many tech centers in the country.
In the Silicon Valley, you can feel the ebbs and flows of economic
cycles. In 1999, the reverse commute to the valley from San
Francisco was a slog, even on the relatively lightly traveled
Interstate 280. When the first Internet bubble burst in 2001,
driving became a lot easier for a few years.
Today, we're back stuck in traffic... all around the country.
Traveled miles are up 1.08 percent nationally year to date, according
to the federal highway administration
. On our year-long journey around the country
we found the following anecdotal
- Worst traffic in America? Washington/Maryland/Virginia.
- Close second (tie): Boston and Dallas
- Biggest traffic surprise: Raleigh, N.C. (there aren't a
lot of ready work-arounds there).
- Best place to drive during commute hours? Cleveland.
(That's not a good thing, economically).
Right now, I'm lucky: I bike, walk or take the bus to work. But I
have commuted to Cupertino and parts south (1:10 minutes each way)
many times during my career. Early on, that meant a lot of cassette
tapes, then CDs and, later, the joys of podcasts.
So tell me:
- How lousy is your commute?
- Is it getting worse?
- Does your company encourage flextime or work-from-home
- And what are your secret traffic-coping tips for the rest of
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