The Worst Commute

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for the New York Times, looks at the new census data that shows that the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island have the country's longest commute, among other revealing data.


Sam Roberts

Comments [16]

Kenneth Harris from Bstuy

I'm a transplant from Baltimore by way of DC but have been a lifelong New Yorker at heart. And I know its the norm to complain about the MTA and NY's subway. Hell even I get angered by the delays that seem to happen at the worst possible time and I still don't understand why a monthly is about to hit $100+. But frankly I wanna go against the norm and say that we don't know wat we have. I'm actually surprised that NY's subway works as well as it does. There's a stop every couple of blocks all over the city (maybe that's a part of the prob), the system runs 24 hr a day, and trains run pretty frequently. Was just in London and Paris...and while good in both places, mass transit there has its strengths and weaknesses. I live in Bedstuy BK and commute to lower Manhattan...about 30-40 mins each I guess I couldn't complain if I wanted to.

Dec. 15 2010 12:46 PM
MG from Manhattan

It used to take me from 1hr 45mins to 2hrs EACH WAY on my daily commute from Glen Cove, Long Island to/from the east side of NYC. Yes, that's 4 hours per day, 20 hours per week. I was losing almost a full day of each week on travel.

Finally, I did the unthinkable as a native New Yorker and moved to New Jersey. I live on the waterfront facing Manhattan and take a combination of ferry then bus to work each day, which is beautiful. In fact I wish the ferry ride were longer (it's only 9 minutes, from the NJ side to the NY side) because it's the most soothing time of my day. The river and the views are always beautiful.

Dec. 15 2010 11:56 AM
jannewyork from croton

Croto-on-Hudson is 38 miles north but the transportation is great! least two trains an hour...and 10 bullet trains every day, which takes about 45 minutes.

Dec. 15 2010 11:56 AM
Henry from Katonah

My total commute is 90 minutes door to door. No complaints!
A walk to the station, a comfortable Metro-North ride ( reading done) , a walk from GCT to my office building.
I have lived in Westchester for 19 years and have never had a drivers license.

Dec. 15 2010 11:53 AM
John from Fanwood

Hi Sam, I retired from the National Archives, across the street from WNYC. It took me an hour and forty-five minutes from Fanwood. It was a great job, and we had the US Census records Sam used to do the study.

Dec. 15 2010 11:52 AM

This data has to be flawed. In Chicago, the westbound Eisenhower Expressway is a parking lot in the afternoon. It can take an hour to get to the western edge of the city and commuters typically have another 20 or 30 miles of driving to do to get to Naperville and other burbs.

I call b.s. on these stats.

Dec. 15 2010 11:48 AM
Elizabeth from Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn

My husband's commute is 1 hour each way. We live in Greenwood Heights Brooklyn & he works in Chelsea in Manhattan. So no matter how good the trains are, in Manhattan he still has to walk from 8th ave to 11th avenue.

Dec. 15 2010 11:48 AM
Jon R from Forest Hills

I have a 10 second commute, from my bed to my desk. I have been telecommuting full time since last February. In the past I have commuted as much as 1.5 hours (from Westchester to Brooklyn).

Dec. 15 2010 11:47 AM
Hector from East Village

I live in Manhattan and York in Teaneck, NJ. My commute is an hour and a half from door to door. That's 3 hours a day. I have to make this commute because I could not find a job in NY. By the way, I pay about $220 a month on the commute...

Dec. 15 2010 11:47 AM
kathy from nyc

1.5 hours each way by train. 3 hours a day!
I commute from NJ to Queens.. gotta make a livin'- even though it's killing me. I live 15min from the city, take 3 trains each way.

Dec. 15 2010 11:47 AM
Lisa from Jersey City

My commute into Manhattan from Jersey City takes all of 10 minutes.

Dec. 15 2010 11:47 AM
bernie from bklyn

sorry but i can't have any sympathy for people in staten island and their long commute. why the hell would you live there in the first place?

Dec. 15 2010 11:46 AM
kathy from nyc

1.5 hours each way by train. 3 hours a day!
I commute from NJ to Queens.. gotta make a livin'- even though it's killing me. I live 15min from the city, take 3 trains each way.

Dec. 15 2010 11:46 AM

Why is it that it takes an "express" A train 45 minutes to go from West 4th Street to 207th Street (or vice-versa)? I've lost count of the number of times I've seen multiple local trains zip by me on the crowded alleged express between 59th and 125th...

The whole point of mass transit is subverted if private transit can outrun public transit three- or four-fold faster. Plus, if you're losing an hour in each direction to your commute, (a) just imagine all the lost productivity, and (b) that's time we're losing from our families/friends/sleep/etc.

Dec. 15 2010 11:41 AM

mostly stepping on the breaks when going over the Kosciusko causes the BQE to get backed up for miles,in either direction,i'm on it every day, 99% of the times there are no backups pass the bridge on any direction, idiots must somehow forget yesterdays ride that the bridge continues there's not an abyss for which one needs slow down reassurance....

Dec. 15 2010 11:08 AM
bernie from bklyn

once again, it's proven that the MTA is one of the most ineffectual, dysfunctional agencies in this country. honestly, i don't kow what we can do as new yorkers to demand and change the way the MTA works and/or even exists.
and the endless taxpayer-funded "busy work" that we all experience while trying to drive in this city doesn't help matters either...e.g-gowanus expwy, BQE, cross bronx expwy....this is why people have zero sympathy for MTA workers and the public/private union workers when they get fired or have their pensions taken away. they are spoiled overpaid, underworked wastes of our tax dollars.
in fact, i'm sure other listeners will testify to this, the MTA is getting worse month by month. this is New York City, one of the most important and richest places in the world and we have a thirld world public transportation system. i'm embarassed.

Dec. 15 2010 10:16 AM

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