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DC area has 2nd-longest in commute in the nation

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The Washington Post reports that the DC region's average commute is more than 33 minutes one way, ranking second to the New York area's 34 minutes among large metropolitan regions according to a U.S. Census survey released yesterday.

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That is a statistic that this area should be ashamed of. Because of uncontrolled suburban sprawl brought on by a strong regional economy, poor land use planning, stressed out infrastructure we have blown past the Los Angeles and San Francisco metros in commuting time. I hope this is a wake up call to the whole region DC, MD and VA that something drastic needs to be done to prevent us from seeing 24/7 Gridlock. Somehow I believe that the next report will show DC area as having the worst commutes in the Nation.

This is not an issue for me because I walk to and from work. I made a choice to forgo a larger place for the luxury of walking to work and I have not regretted it one bit in 6 years. I know not every one can make that choice, but I encourage those that can to look at living closer to work it really is good for the body, mind and soul.

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In the Baltimore area, Carroll residents reported the longest commutes, at 33.1 minutes, followed by Harford (30.6), Howard (30.2), Baltimore City (28.7) and Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties (tied at 27.8).

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DC has a pretty good transit system compared to most places, but I guess they have not kept the expansions up with the growth in NVa and Maryland. It is good to see the percentages using public transit.

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Yeah, there was an article in the Post a few days ago about how ridership on the VRE, Virginia's commuter rail, has fallen for a number of reasons. On the other hand, MARC, Maryland's commuter rail, posts pretty healthy and robust ridership figures.

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In the Baltimore area, Carroll residents reported the longest commutes, at 33.1 minutes, followed by Harford (30.6), Howard (30.2), Baltimore City (28.7) and Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties (tied at 27.8).

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