View Full Version : How long is your daily commute?

02-12-10, 07:54 AM
Just curious to see what everyone else puts on in a typical day. I'm a traveling salesman, so my commute is different each day. For example, I was in Winona yesterday, and they're two hours southeast of the twin cities, so all said and done, it was two hours down, and two and a half back (my last stop was 30 miles south of Winona), but today I'm going to Rochester, so it's only about 75 minutes one way, which is a lot better on a Friday.

Come to think of it, my nearest clients are at-least a half an hour away.

02-12-10, 09:13 AM
I'm 3 miles from my office. Some days it can take 10 minutes, some 20 -- it just depends on when I leave.

02-12-10, 09:17 AM
11.5 miles total one way, 2.5 miles on gravel then 9 on state highway, basically a 15 minute drive door to door.

02-12-10, 09:19 AM
15km to school and it can take 15-30mins depending on traffic.

02-12-10, 09:59 AM
125 km (78 miles), one way.

02-12-10, 10:44 AM
40 miles/:45 min.
Soon to be 0/0

c5 rv
02-12-10, 12:39 PM
43 miles / ~ 45 minutes each way to my current work site. As a local consultant, I chose a central location to live so I would have a reasonable, but not excessive commute to any of 5 surrounding counties with likely client sites. I've worked in all 5 counties over the past 30 years.

02-12-10, 12:46 PM
My trip to school is 7.5 miles from my house, and takes about 20 minutes in the car, and about 50 on the bus because I have to take three buses. I would drive to school more often, but my school is in the worst neighborhood in the city, so I don't want to park my car there and have something happen to it. My ROTC instructor's car has been broken into four times this year alone, at a cost of $600 every time.

02-12-10, 12:49 PM
10 minute walk to campus.

02-12-10, 01:27 PM
I haven't had to commute for many years, but when I was commuting it was a 7 mile trip from my Mid-Wilshire (Hancock Park) home to the downtown L.A. financial district. The route was all surface streets no Freeways. In Los Angeles the length of my communte and the relative lack of traffic ( I worked on NYC time so travelled back and forth both morning and afternoon before the regualr rush hours) was probably the biggest luxury I enjoyed during my 25 years of working in downtown. My wife's office was also downtown for most of her career so she also enjoyed, by L.A. standards, light commuting.

02-12-10, 01:40 PM
5 minute walk each way to most classes. About 10 minutes to get to the last class all the way on the other side of campus.

02-12-10, 01:51 PM
I'm retired. It's about 40 feet from my bed to my recliner by way of the bathroom and breakfast table.

02-12-10, 02:13 PM
My commute from Independence to Corvallis is 23 miles each way, mostly highway except for a couple of miles in Corvallis. It usually takes ~35 minutes, 30 if I don't get stuck behind some pokey driver on 99W.


OSU is just west of downtown Corvallis:


I don't mind the drive, and it's certainly better than dealing with clogged freeways every day like I did when I was commuting 20 miles from Chandler to Phoenix.

For some reason — maybe it's OSU, maybe it's Hewlett-Packard or the other high-tech companies here — housing prices are considerably higher in Corvallis, which is why I live in Independence.

My house was appraised last summer at $170,000 (I paid 127,000 in 2003). In Corvallis, an equivalent house (1,200+ square feet, three-bedrooms, two-car garage, fireplace and central air) runs from $235,000-$250,000. And those houses were mostly built in the 50s and 60s, maybe a few from the 70s (my house was brand new). Property tax rates in Benton County are also significantly higher than in Polk County.

So that $80,000 difference can buy a lot of gas.

02-12-10, 02:28 PM
I had a 44 mile one way commute for 2 years. Now I work from home. I can get up at 7:59 and be at work on time. Actually I work more from home than I ever did in the office.


02-12-10, 02:39 PM
10 miles taking the 'city' route, or 15 miles on the expresway each way. ~35 minutes either route. 3 miles into the trip I reach the expressway entrance. A quick check of traffic on Google Maps app as I approach tells me if the expressway is uncongested or if I should stick to the city streets. Today was clear green end to almost the end of the expressway, where it showed oddly congested for a quarter mile. I took the express (& toll) way route anyway, and had to divert to my alternate exit due to an accident in that last quarter mile. Just what I suspected from the traffic display on the map, but the rest of the expressway was wide open.

02-12-10, 03:17 PM
My commute is about 7 miles each way. Takes 10 minutes because work and home are conveniently located next to the interstate.

02-12-10, 04:01 PM
About 23 miles each way. Time depends on how many mall stops I make. :coffee:

Night Wolf
02-12-10, 04:41 PM
~14 miles/20-25mins. It depends on what time I leave the house, which determines the amount of traffic at the gate to base - the only traffic on my commute.

02-12-10, 07:48 PM
Right around a half hour each way. Turns out they're ripping up the road this summer to get there, might be 40-45 mins with the detour! Maybe I'll find somewhere closer.

02-12-10, 08:01 PM
Since closing the office I no longer have to commute, but a drive to the warehouse a few times a month is about 20 minutes/20 miles one way. Thank goodness I-64 is open in St Louis again. Driving clear across the city on local streets was getting pretty old.

02-12-10, 08:08 PM
Between walking and the train ride, about 50 minutes to my office.

02-12-10, 08:43 PM
I am about 4.2 miles from the shop, takes me about 15-20 minutes depending on when I leave and which way I go.
There are a few guys that have it better than me, one guy lives on the next block behind our parking lot but he has to go about 3 blocks around to get in the front.

02-12-10, 09:06 PM
Work is about 5 miles from my house. Only takes 10 minutes to get there as its a straight shot down Rt. 53 for me. School is about one mile further than work, also on Rt. 53.

Angry Matt
02-12-10, 09:17 PM
Just started a new job today and clocked it at about 18 miles each way.

02-12-10, 09:40 PM
Start my new job in jacksonville in 2 weeks, that means until i find a place i have a 94 mile commute one way, 4 days a week yay me!

02-13-10, 02:25 AM
5 miles/10 minutes each way. I love living where I work! :)

02-14-10, 01:24 AM
3 minute walk. My apartment is 200 yards from my office. If my balcony faced the building, I could wave to my coworkers and the ones with sharper eyes could read my lips.

Consequently, this is how I can take all the pleasure drives I love to go on - I spend approx $0 in gas to and from work.

02-14-10, 02:01 AM
^ Also how your car keeps it's low mileage. :)

02-14-10, 05:05 AM
Haha, this afternoon I put about 150 miles on the Starship while cruising. Probably 50% of that was all on the same road. Overall though, you're correct.

Anyone who lives near Lisle, IL should know that if you want an incredible drive, go out any night after 9PM and drive up and down Ferry Rd/Warrenville Rd. Ten miles of pure driving pleasure - and no traffic at all most of the time. I passed two cops about 20 minutes apart, both times doing 10+ over the limit, and nothing came of it. Last week, I passed a cop parked a red light at the Rt.59 intersection, with the same result. I blew through the greenlight at around 65 (posted limit 45), and not even a twitch. I think they must know.

I like to come to a dead stop in the middle of the empty road, throw the Starship into 2nd, and WOT the Hell out of 'er. Many straight sections, and just enough twists and hills to keep it interesting. If you've got a girl in the passenger seat (that is, a date), don't explain what you're up to. She'll become very alarmed when you come to a dead stop on the road, but that will change once you touch off again and hit 60 just before the 7 second mark. No, it's not a Bugatti Veyron - but when your back is being pressed into the perforated leather seats with such force, it doesn't matter too much if the 0-60 time is 6.9 seconds or 5 seconds. It's still a roller-coaster . . . and you've got the wheel. And your seats are heated, and you've got music, and it's a Cadillac, and that engine roar sounds so right. As long as you're a gentleman about it afterward ("Didn't mean to startle you - but wasn't that fun?") . . .

And ladies, if you're in the driver's seat, this will impress the guy in the passenger seat, without a doubt. It still has me impressed, and I've been doing it for two years and counting. :thumbsup:

02-14-10, 10:01 AM
The girl I was going out with didn't like how fast the GS is.

Needless to say I stopped calling her.

02-14-10, 10:22 AM
14 miles roundtrip.

02-14-10, 11:47 AM
Daily commute - I just checked it. From the side of the bed to the coffee pot is 51 feet. :duck:

02-14-10, 12:11 PM
My hospital is maybe 4 miles from my front door. I drop my kiddo off every morning at her grandfathers and drive back to the hospital though, so maybe 8 miles or so. If I have to work at the outpatient center on hwy 102, it's probably closer to 11-12 miles.

Generally there's very little traffic on my way to work, and I never know what hour I will be getting off.

02-14-10, 12:13 PM
Daily commute - I just checked it. From the side of the bed to the coffee pot is 51 feet. :duck:

But you forgot the steps to the living room chair/TV and/or back to the bed! Those feet could be the difference between a comfortable good day or a torn ACL. Indoor commuting is serious business! :cool:

02-14-10, 12:21 PM
12 Miles each way. 5 of that is actually on the base.

02-14-10, 12:25 PM
roo, You're correct. I failed to take into account any necessary detours to the thundermug. Add 28 feet.

Mike, How far was it from the Goat Locker to the Diving Stand ? 50 feet and a ladder ?

02-14-10, 12:36 PM
There you go. That 28 feet, times 365 days (because everybody knows coffee never takes a day off) is nearly two miles of walking.

02-14-10, 11:28 PM
The girl I was going out with didn't like how fast the GS is.

Needless to say I stopped calling her.


02-14-10, 11:37 PM
Chad your priorities are all wrong. When it comes to dates it really turns on how fast she is!

02-14-10, 11:45 PM
About 10 miles each way for me.

02-17-10, 01:45 AM
0.9 miles one way walking distance, took 15 minutes to walk
1 mile driving distance, took 1-2 minutes based on driving lights in way

02-18-10, 03:23 PM
In 6 days of ownership I've put 600 miles on Supernova. :cookoo:

the recluse
02-26-10, 10:13 PM
Start my new job in jacksonville

Oh...I'm sorry...

02-26-10, 10:14 PM
^ Why's that? lol

the recluse
02-26-10, 10:16 PM
^ Why's that? lol

You live here, you should know :thumbsup:

My commute is about 60-65 miles round trip daily...

02-26-10, 10:33 PM
I don't really see much of the city though. lol All I know of Jacksonville is the mall and the campus. Too damn cold for the beach, and clubs suck so yeah. lol

I'm a visitor at best. lol

02-27-10, 05:34 PM
For the past 12 months I have been working within a *very* short walk of my house.
I'll be quitting tomorrow as I have accepted a 6 month contract working for a big firm about 9 miles away (so 18 mile round trip).
In the Jeep I estimate it will cost me 30 UK Pounds (45 US dollars) per week in fuel and take about 40 mins each way...

I could travel by tube (metro?) train which will cost me 35 UK Pounds per week, so I may as well drive...

02-27-10, 05:41 PM
40 minutes to travel 9 miles? Yikes.

02-28-10, 01:07 AM
:yeah: Considering on a good day I can get to Chicago in 25 minutes and its 25 miles away.

02-28-10, 08:41 AM
40 minutes to travel 9 miles? Yikes.

That's London traffic for you...

Much like New York I suppose?

And I won't even be driving into the centre of London...

The average speed in the city is 10 or 11mph. There's not much they can really do about it as it's such an old city with such narrow streets.

02-28-10, 11:06 AM
Holy crap. That seriously adds one more reason to never move there for me. Good god. I needs me some open roads!

02-28-10, 11:32 AM
Arlington, Tx to Dallas, Tx.. 33 miles each way/ 66 miles a day. Take's about 45minutes each way. I used to live like 3 miles from work then I got a promotion and moved to our dallas office. We're gonna move closer when my wife gets done with school.

02-28-10, 02:59 PM
Holy crap. That seriously adds one more reason to never move there for me. Good god. I needs me some open roads!

Oh for sure! I cant tell you how great it is to drive in the US (even LA!) compared to London!

03-01-10, 03:48 PM
110 Miles per day, about an hour and a bit each way.

03-02-10, 08:05 PM
forgot to mention my 40-45 minute drive for 33 miles is cause I got lucky and got on at 12:00pm-9:00pm shift. Before when I had to be here at 9am it would take about 60 mins in traffic in the mornings and 75mins to get home at 530pm....Traffic sucks. Nothing like spending close to 24days a year or around 7% of the year driving to work in traffic