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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:02 PM   #1
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Your daily commute

I was wondering, how you guys go to work, do you use a car, train, subway, bicycle or anything else? And why? Do you experience a lot of traffic jams? If possible, show a map

Well, i start. My commute is about 9 - 12km, depening on route. I live in a city of 115.000, and the city attracts commuters up to 40 kilometers away. The A28 bridge in Zwolle is the second busiest road outside of the Randstad.

I do not use a motorway to reach work. On the map shown below, i usually take the red route, which is 9km. This takes about 30 minutes by car in rushhour. Average speed: 18km/h. The section near downtown is very congested, it has a small roundabout which can't take rushhour traffic.
The green route is via the eastern ringroad, it has 2x2 lanes, but it is dotted with traffic lights and often congested, because of large office parks and a major hospital along it's route.
The Yellow route is via the southern ringroad, and is also 2x2 lanes, but the vicinity of a large office park and a college/university dependency causes major congestion here. With 50.000 AADT it's the busiest non-motorway in Zwolle. However, i will try that route too.
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This is the most congested part of my current route. To the left is downtown and the route goes through an old neighborhood, with a lot of pre-war housing. The roundabout is unable to handle all traffic from the southern downtown area (including a major hospital, schools and the provincial government building), and from my route, from industrial area Marslanden, the largest in the province, employing over 30.000 people.
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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:08 PM   #2
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I walk for 15 minutes. No problems with congestions and parking.
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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:15 PM   #3
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(Un)fortunately only walking, although I'm a fan of public transport
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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:16 PM   #4
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I live in London and I get the bus to Kilburn tube station:

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Jubilee line to Green Park and then the Victoria line to Pimlico:

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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:19 PM   #5
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I walk downhill then uphill to get to class, and then I walk downhill and uphill again to get back to my dorm. Whenever I go bowling, either my brother picks me up or I take the bus.
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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:26 PM   #6
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I work from home for the most part, so the worst congestion I ever encounter is the dog sitting in my bedroom doorway.
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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:28 PM   #7
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I live 9km from the centre. By bus it takes me around 20-25 minutes in the morning to get there.
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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:34 PM   #8
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I work from home for the most part, so the worst congestion I ever encounter is the dog sitting in my bedroom doorway.
LOL
if you dont mind me asking.. what do you do?

anyways, i walk to school about 10 minutes and sometimes walk to work... about 5 minutes. Usually though i borrow my moms car to go to work cause i'm usually running late haha
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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:36 PM   #9
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I live 9km from the centre. By bus it takes me around 20-25 minutes in the morning to get there.
That's quite fast.

the bus system of Zwolle is kind of slow, it takes 25 minutes to reach central station, 6km away from my home. Taking the bus, it would cost me a commuting time of 1 hour and 20 minutes, unacceptable to me.
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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:36 PM   #10
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I live in the Nordwest district in Copenhagen and work downtown - I usually take the bus - it takes about 25min

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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:42 PM   #11
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That's quite fast.

the bus system of Zwolle is kind of slow, it takes 25 minutes to reach central station, 6km away from my home. Taking the bus, it would cost me a commuting time of 1 hour and 20 minutes, unacceptable to me.
BTW it takes 5-10 minutes longer to reach the centre by car than by bus.
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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:43 PM   #12
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LOL
if you dont mind me asking.. what do you do?
For the most part, I manage bond portfolios, but I also help administer (with partners) a manufacture that produces specialty car parts. Yeah, I know the two are completely unrelated....
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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:44 PM   #13
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I bike to work it's 4.1KM and about 12-15 minutes
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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:51 PM   #14
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Ok, I live in Szczecin and work in Goleniów.
By car it's 42 km and it takes ~35-40 minutes. Cost = 16 PLN = ~4 €
Take look at the picture:

Pink route, then A6 motorway and S3/6 expressway, and then again pink route to Goleniów.

Sometimes, when i don't need to hurry or i don't want to drive (sometimes even i am not in a mood for driving), i take a tram to main railway/bus station and then by train or by bus to Goleniów and 3 minutes walk from railway/bus station. It takes ~1.10 - 1.15. Cost 14,50 PLN.

Good point of combined travel is, that i can have a snooze or read a book.
Good point of travel by car is that i can take some pictures for SSC users
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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:52 PM   #15
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My commute:
Red is where I take the bus,route is ~15min
Blue is metro,its around ~7-8min, in every 2:30
Green is tram,thats ~5 min long,comes ~5min usually
Red again(optional)bus,~1min,if bus comes instantly,else its max 4 min waiting
Yellow is where I walk,thats ~5 min. If I walk the red before the yellow too,then thats ~8-10 min.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 12:03 AM   #16
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I'm lucky, b/c roads I can use (and it's even the shortest route) aren't congested even in rush hours. So my 4 km take me only 10 minutes by car (hm, why's that just 24 km/h, when it feels much faster). There's one exception in rush hours though: after closing a bridge a couple of years ago, there's just one bridge left for my whole neighborhood, so I need 10-15 minutes for it alone (in rushhours, but I don't wake up so early ). By bus, it takes me half an hour outside rush hours and 1 hour in rush hours.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 12:12 AM   #17
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Ughhh!! I hate my home computer!! I can't edit my post!!

Only one intersection (left turn, close to number 12 on the map) sometimes causes problems, and i have to wait up to 5 minutes.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 02:28 AM   #18
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Blue line: To school, commute by car, takes about 20 min (as high as 45 min during rush hour). Parking is free, but it's sometimes a bitch to find. A bus takes over 1 hour because of transfers.

Black line: To work, I usually take the bus to avoid high parking fees ($25/day), usually takes 15 minutes by bus (30 min during rush hour) and 10 min using a car off-peak. I don't take the car often when going downtown.

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Old October 30th, 2007, 03:00 AM   #19
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I commute to the university, from the border between Toronto and its northern suburbs to the heart of downtown, a 19km trip overall. There are several options.

Most common coming down:
Red line by bus, ~4km, 10-15 minutes + 5 minutes waiting
Light blue/purplish line by subway, ~15km, 35 minutes, virtually no waiting (trains every 1 minute or so)
Magenta line by streetcar/tram, ~5 minutes + 5 waiting, sometimes replaced by walking (10 minutes) if wait is too long
Most common going back up (home):
Blue + Light blue/purplish line by subway, adds about 7-10 minutes compared to using the streetcar/tram, but I get a seat in the subway, as opposed to boarding at the station on the right side (no seat)
Red line by bus, usually takes a little longer than in the morning because of rush hour
Alternative route (uncommon):
Brown line by car, ~6km, 15-20 minutes depending on traffic, free parking with a monthly metropass, but I have to get there early to get a spot
Green line by subway, ~12km, 20-25 minutes (this side of the subway line is less busy)
Walking about 5 minutes
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Old October 30th, 2007, 03:24 AM   #20
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I have 4 options to reach my university.

Option1: Direct bus
Time:40 min.
Frequency: only 4 per day.
Fare: 1€

Option2: Intercity bus + city bus
Time: 30min + wait for the 2nd bus + 15 min.
Frequency: each 30 min the 1st one and each 20min the 2nd one.
Fare: 1€

Option3: Commuter train + city bus
Time: 45 min + wait for the bus + 15 min.
Frequency: each hour the train, each 20 min the bus.
Fare: 1€

Option4: Car (25 km of motorway)
Time: 25 min.


If the timetable of the first option doesn't fit with my classes I go by car (with a classmate to share the petrol expenditure).
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