The Examiner’s top story today is: D.C. maintains rank as nation’s second-longest commute. It took me a little while to find it online since a search for “DC second commute time” easily brought up both this story and this video from 2006, and this story from 2007 before I could drill down to find today’s.
I’ve talked to friends that drive in Atlanta, New York and Chicago and they’d probably be inclined to agree… or disagree in that those numbers below seem awfully small. I know my metro commute has fluctuated between 15 mins to an hour depending on where I’ve lived, but any drivers want to weigh in on this? I feel like that time in the DC area is especially skewed low by those that drive and don’t have to.
One of my co-workers turned his back on his metro commute a while back and assuming he misses rush hour, takes maybe about 10-15 minutes to drive from Arlington to SE DC, but I’m thinking that’s a rarity. Or maybe not, I don’t know anyone in/around DC that has a really long drive in from the burbs or out to them. I know when I drove from Mt. Pleasant out to Greenbelt every day, it was not a short commute, I was always stuck in traffic and if you’d said the average commute was about 34 minutes, I’d have laughed in your face. But that was quite some time ago.
Still, seeing Atlanta ranking #4 right now is kinda freaky since they’re still running out of gas, or at least shaky with the renewed supplies. This opinion piece from the CEO of an Atlanta petroleum company is sort of poking at habits and the necessity for special fuel, but then he admits that he still drives his SUV back and forth every day. Craziness.