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Commute

Monday, July 22, 2013

My current commute is taken with public transportation. I have a 13-minute walk from my apartment to the Metro every morning. Time spent riding the train is about 30 minutes. Once I arrive at my destination, I have a 5-minute walk from the station to my office. And at the end of the day, I do it all in reverse. That 13-minute walk home is the worst part of the commute. It's hot, I'm tired, and usually a little hungry!

Starting on August 1, I will begin driving to work. It will save me at least 20 minutes each way... It's a 9-mile drive. I'm thinking about all the lost exercise I will get. I never track my walk to/from the Metro station, though I know that time and effort adds up. I can see both good and bad in making this decision to start driving to work.

How do you get to work or around town? Do you live in a car-free world or do you rely on your car to take you everywhere? I currently only drive my car on the weekends, usually. I can easily walk to the gym and the grocery store.

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SDLEE514 7/23/2013 9:33AM

    You're brave one to drive...even the thought of driving around here during rush hour raises my blood pressure. Hopefully your decision will work out for you! Could you bike instead of walking to the metro? It'd be a little faster and still exercise...

I metro. My apartment is under 5 min walking to the metro and I'm on the metro maybe 22 min. I have nothing to complain about. We pay for parking for our one car we use for grocery shopping or to drive out of the city/area.

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BEE2LE 7/22/2013 10:56PM

    I almost always drive to work. It's only a 2.5 mile distance, but sometimes I don't leave work until 10:30pm. When I work dayshift, I have to take my kids to school first. I did walk several times this summer, since I didn't have the kids with me. I loved it! I wish I could do it more often. But, I do realize what a luxury it is to have a car!

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AMYD726 7/22/2013 1:43PM

    Sometimes I wish I lived in a more urban area so that everything I needed was within walking distance or accessible easily by public transportation.

That said - summer on the East coast for me would equal taking the car and cranking its AC, no matter what! :)

Every little bit does add up, but with that extra 20 minutes you get back you can clean your house, make a healthier dinner, spend it at the gym, etc. I am sure it will come out in the wash.

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LAUGHINGLATINA 7/22/2013 12:55PM

    You must feel safe in your neighborhood. That makes a big difference!

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LADYRH 7/22/2013 12:49PM

    Good question, I work from home so have to be sure I walk for an hour every day

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