Americans commute longer, farther tha...

Americans commute longer, farther than ever

There are 6 comments on the story from Apr 20, 2006, titled Americans commute longer, farther than ever. In it, reports that:

Dave Givens drives 370 miles to work and back every day and considers his seven-hour commute the best answer to balancing his work with his personal life.

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Washington, DC

#1 Apr 20, 2006
For 20 years of my life, I was no more than a 10 or 15-minute walk from my place of work. But recently I have been an hour away by bus and subway, including 20 minutes of walking. My instinctive preference is for the first arrangement, but the longer commute (2 hours a day) allows me to read and think. When the late Prof. Albert Baugh, the author of a standard History of the English Language, was asked why he chose to live so close to the university, he replied that he needed the library to be easily accessible because he liked to hunt down references quickly.

Worcester, MA

#2 Apr 20, 2006
So where's that great American railway system when you need it??

Lodi, CA

#3 Apr 20, 2006
Dave Givens is a perfect case study for the reason that General Aviation (non-airline, non-military) plays such an important role in the lives of Americans. If Dave flew his own aircraft (even a relativly slow one!) from the Mariposa-Yosemite Airport to San Jose he'd be able to get to and from work in just a little over an hour each way.

General Aviation aircraft aren't out of reach for average citizens. Sure, brand new ones with all the bells and whistles run six figures, but late-model aircraft can be had for around the price of a good SUV.(Gas mileage just might be better for the airplane, too!)

Commuting may be necessary but here's the key to making such long hauls as Dave's tolerable:

General Aviation Serving America:
Benny and the Jets

United States

#4 Apr 20, 2006
These people that commute these distances need a brain check. Maybe they worship money. The bible says that he who hastens to get rich quick will be punished. There ye go. As for a train system, this country will never get one going. There is no money to do that. NONE. The government is giving out monies to just about everyone in the land and around the world but no money for a train system throughout the country. NONE.
Benny and the Jets

United States

#5 Apr 20, 2006
Corporate America and Soccer Moms have ruined this great nation or ours. NO there is no monies for a train system so get it out of your head. NONE

Lodi, CA

#6 Apr 20, 2006
Benny and the Jets wrote:
Corporate America and Soccer Moms have ruined this great nation or ours.
Soccer Moms have ruined the country? No, the nation is not the same as it was when Ward and June Cleaver were raising Wally and the Beav, but unless you're exceptionally cynical (or one of the way-far left), it's a long way from being "ruined."

By the way, I commute 1782 miles each way to work (Live in CA, work in Chicago). Am I a nut case, too? ;)

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