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Old January 22nd, 2008, 12:22 AM   #121
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^No I used to go by a bus that took another route - that route was 25 min, but I also had to walk to the bus and wait for it and all that..

There is a bus going almost the same route I now drive, but it's an express bus so it only goes every 20min ( the other line goes every 4-7min ) - on the plus side it do it almost as fast as I do ( 15min ) on the downside the schedule never mathed with my meeting or off time so instead of waiting at a bus stop I prefered to use the other line even if ment wasting a couple mins..

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Old January 22nd, 2008, 01:29 AM   #122
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I live in Munich and work in Freising (Germany).



Driving distance is about 30km and usually takes me about 30min from door to door by car.

Luckily it's not really far from my appartment to the autobahn A9 so I don't have to deal much with inner city trafic. The A9 north of Munich is probably one of the busiest highways in Germany and I can see the traffic jam every day - going the oppisite direction. That's the advantage of living in the city and working outside, opposed to what most people do.

Usually I don't have any real traffic jams at all on my way. Going out the first stretch of the A9 is usually crowded but flowing, 80km/h in the beginning up to 120km/h at the junction with A99 (adaptive electronic speed limit signs everywhere around Munich). After that the autobahn widens to 4 lanes in either direction and it's nice driving, usually without speed limit after Garching (I drive up to 200km/h where sensibly possible).

The A92 is 3 lanes between Eching and the airport and usually allows up to 120km/h. After the airport it's just 2 lanes but very little traffic which means no speed limit again.

Public transport isn't very convenient for me as it would take 1 hour - twice the time. With U/S Bahn I have to change trains 2 times and then into bus in Freising. That's an option after an afterwork party involving alcohol or in case the car isn't availabe but not something I would like to do on a daily basis.

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Old January 23rd, 2008, 05:53 AM   #123
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These commute times seem amazingly fast to me. I live on the northern border between Toronto and the suburbs, and commute to my university in downtown Toronto everyday.

The distance is about 20 km. I usually take public transportation (bus -> subway -> tram/walking), and on average it takes about 1 hour, and during rush hour usually 10-15 minutes more because the subway gets delayed due to congestion on the line (many of our subway stations are close to each other compared to other cities in the world). Luckily, because I am now completing my 3rd year, I was able to create a schedule where I usually avoid rush hour (class starts around 11-12). But when I was beginning my studies, all classes began at 9 and I had to always go during rush hour.

If I drive to the subway station, I mostly gain convenience, but not much in speed, because in rush hour the main streets leading to the station are congested. Especially, it usually takes a very long time to perform an important left turn in one intersection, because many cars turn to this road, which also leads to the closest east-west motorway in the city.

This 1 hour or so seems much worse than, for example, the commute described by Dinivan (1 hour 20 minutes for 40-45 km, also using different methods of public transportation).

The commute described by muc (30 minutes for 30 km, door to door) is also very short. Of course, I guess his advantage is that he lives and works near the motorway, which makes a big difference. However, the main eastern motorway that goes into downtown Toronto from the north (Don Valley Parkway) is usually so badly jammed during rush hour, that it can take over 1 hour.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 10:33 AM   #124
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My commute is by route 68 (Howick and Eastern) bus in Auckland from my house to the Medical School at Auckland University. This bus route might not exist in this form any more as it might be axed by crazy politicans... It isn't much quicker to drive as you get stuck in the same sort of traffic and then you have to pay up to $30 a day to park. It's nutty.

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Peak hour: 1hr 30 mins to travel 25.27km.
Off-Peak: 1hr - 1hr 15mins to travel 25.27km.

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Old January 23rd, 2008, 12:20 PM   #125
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That's quite the distance Svartmetall
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 12:38 PM   #126
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Especially in time.

1,5 hour for 25km is like 16,7 km/h on average.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 01:07 PM   #127
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Here is my commute, all 14.63km of it:


First, I take the car from home (next to the river where all the lines end) and am driven to school (bus services are really bad in the morning) and that trip takes 20mins, then I take one bus from school to the city, walk 100m down Adelaide St and then take the 197 home, the trip on the 197 usually takes around 20mins just to do 3km (2.5km as the crow flies. It takes so long because the traffic lights are slow, and it has 15 (yes, fifteen) bus stops to stop at between the city and my stop) and then I get off the bus and walk 500m home.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 02:06 PM   #128
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Especially in time.

1,5 hour for 25km is like 16,7 km/h on average.
This is why I say that people in Europe don't realise how good they have it with public transit. You guys often use the excuse of "it doesn't quite go where I want it to" or "It's not convenient enough". But trust me, you've not seen anything yet! Perhaps a stint of living in a country with poor provision for PT would make all of you appreciate it more because it helps to contribute to less congested roads too meaning a quicker journey time for both modes, PT and private.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 10:26 PM   #129
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The "trick" in my case is that I am going against the flow. Outbound in the morning and inbound in the evening. So I usually don't get stuck in any heavy traffic at all.

Going the other direction would take at least twice the time.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 02:17 PM   #130
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So, I'm going to College in Barnsley by bus. For exmaple in Saturday morning about 8 AM it takes about 15 minutes, when you go at 4 or 5 PM in Monday or other working day it takes about 40, even 45 minutes Oh and I'm going on foot from Interchange to College, it takes about 4 minutes And the total lenght is about 7 kilometres
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Old January 27th, 2008, 08:03 AM   #131
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My daily commute is done almost fully by car, the first one is to school, second to one job, third to another. They start from outside my neighborhood.

To school(about 5 miles one way)


To jobs (about 6+ miles one way)


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Old January 27th, 2008, 08:08 AM   #132
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^Wouldn't that diagonal "State Road 590" be a short cut compared to the route on the map?
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Old January 27th, 2008, 12:44 PM   #133
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Maybe it has more traffic lights or a lower speed limit.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 12:58 PM   #134
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This is my:

1.4 km, on foot in 15 minutes

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Old January 27th, 2008, 01:13 PM   #135
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My not-daily-at-all "commute" in Berne, Switzerland:

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Old January 27th, 2008, 01:22 PM   #136
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1.4 km, on foot in 15 minutes

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z...as/commute.jpg
What about a bicycle? That reduces your time to 3 or 4 minutes. And it's very cheap.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 01:42 PM   #137
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What about a bicycle? That reduces your time to 3 or 4 minutes. And it's very cheap.
Sometimes... but I prefer to walk not to get sweat
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Old January 27th, 2008, 02:02 PM   #138
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I don't mean the tour the france like stuff

In the Netherlands, it's very usual to use your bike, while nobody gets sweat. Unless it's 35 degrees and high humidity.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 02:12 PM   #139
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I don't mean the tour the france like stuff

In the Netherlands, it's very usual to use your bike, while nobody gets sweat. Unless it's 35 degrees and high humidity.
My city is not biker-friendly. This is still one of the differencies between West end East. The city needs to invest into another stuff - Ostrava is 3rd biggest city in CZ but there's no highway connection yet.
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Old January 28th, 2008, 12:04 AM   #140
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Since last Thursday my daily commute is a 5 minutes, 500 meters, walk

I'm very happy as I save 90 minutes in transportation every single day, 100€ in oil every month, and I am a respectfull sustainable person
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