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Old 09-29-10, 10:27 AM   #1
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Just curious, how do you people that commute in heavy traffic everyday manage to maintain your sanity?

I flew into Atlanta this morning only to be greeted by a 1 1/2 hour, 15 mile, commute from the airport to work. I could have slept in, taken a later flight, and skipped rush hour altogether. Hindsight 20/20 and all that jazz.
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I get to leave for work in the morning before traffic starts in my area, and I head the opposite way anyway. I see the cars going the other way later on and wonder what they are thinking--they aren't moving, they have 12 more miles to go, and they do this every day.

On the way home, I actually take the most congested way--which still isn't much since I leave early enough--simply so that I time to myself. It's the only 25 minutes I get to myself all day.

I have a friend who works in the metro and lives in the metro, but on opposite ends. She commutes 1hr45min on a good day. When it snows? It takes her three hours each way to get to and from work. She does take advantage of her work-from-home option often, though.
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Just curious, how do you people that commute in heavy traffic everyday manage to maintain your sanity?

I flew into Atlanta this morning only to be greeted by a 1 1/2 hour, 15 mile, commute from the airport to work. I could have slept in, taken a later flight, and skipped rush hour altogether. Hindsight 20/20 and all that jazz.
Helicopter from the airport to your workplace, not to expensive and it will make a huge impression on everyone you work with. unless the helicopter explodes in mid air and crashes in a fiery ball of melted metal and human body parts, then you'll just make a huge impression in the ground.
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I take side streets and avoid the freeways/highways/tollways like the plaugue, as they are all simply stagnant concrete rivers of stupidity and self absorption.
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Old 09-29-10, 12:23 PM   #8
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I flew into Atlanta this morning only to be greeted by a 1 1/2 hour, 15 mile, commute from the airport to work.
In my experience, thats pretty much standard for Hot-Lanta regardless of what time you arrive (not that any major metro area is much better). However in Atlanta (if it works for your final destination) I've found Marta to be pretty efficient.
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I live in town and never deal with interstates for commuting purposes. Gives you a lot of outs if there are surface street problems. But now I'm only driving in one day a week anyway, bike 3 days and telecommute one. I've had a terrible commute before and it nearly made me insane. Never doing that again.
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90% of my commute is on streets named Pacific and Harbor Dr. Unless its summer or the surf is big there's not a lot of traffic.
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Years ago I used to work in downtown Los Angeles. The commute was 20 miles and it took about 90 minutes. You just get used to it. Find a good radio station and creep your way through traffic.
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When I had a heavy commute I took the bus. Let the bus driver deal with heavy traffic.
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My commute is pretty short, between 5 and 10 miles. Normally it is not bad at all. Oops forgot school is out, it will be getting worse again.

However from time to time it is really bad going home. for the first 3 miles from work there are only 3 choices (with a couple of trivial modifications). The freeway, the road next to the freeway and going 5 miles out of the way to take Mulholland Highway. When traffic is bad yuo get nailed no matter what. Freeway crawls, the surface street beside it is often OK, for a couple of miles. But for 3 miles there is no choice and it happens the first choice is an unprotected left turn onto the freeway. Waht often happens is fools wait there to turn and only 2 or 3 cars make each light, pretty soon is is backed up a mile! (Fools because a short block farther is a protected left turn, if the firt left turn lane is full you will wait 4 or 5 lights to get through, it will be 2 at most for the protected turn). Then the nasty kicker, the 5 mile bailout has an unprotected left turn too! There is a very very long left turn lane. So if you are fairly early in the mess you can turn right and then make a U turn. But if you are well into the mess it is too late, the left turners are backed up enough that you have a mile of crawling traffic.
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Just curious, how do you people that commute in heavy traffic everyday manage to maintain your sanity?

I flew into Atlanta this morning only to be greeted by a 1 1/2 hour, 15 mile, commute from the airport to work. I could have slept in, taken a later flight, and skipped rush hour altogether. Hindsight 20/20 and all that jazz.
You had it good.
Yesterday someone called in a bomb scare on 78 (the highway leading east out of Atlanta).
They closed 8 lanes.
Good times.

However I'm one to talk.
Right now my commute is from this couch to that darkroom about 15 steps over there.
No, this couch. Not that Couch.
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Just curious, how do you people that commute in heavy traffic everyday manage to maintain your sanity?

I flew into Atlanta this morning only to be greeted by a 1 1/2 hour, 15 mile, commute from the airport to work. I could have slept in, taken a later flight, and skipped rush hour altogether. Hindsight 20/20 and all that jazz.
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When I lived in London it took me 45 mins to drive 5 miles to work.
Now I live in the middle of nowhere in Illinois and it takes me 6 mins on my bike.
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When I lived in London it took me 45 mins to drive 5 miles to work.
Now I live in the middle of nowhere in Illinois and it takes me 6 mins on my bike.



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You had it good.
Yesterday someone called in a bomb scare on 78 (the highway leading east out of Atlanta).
They closed 8 lanes.
Good times.

However I'm one to talk.
Right now my commute is from this couch to that darkroom about 15 steps over there.
No, this couch. Not that Couch.

There was a day back in '94 or '95 when a truck turned over on I-85 and shut it down. That same day, a truck also turned over on I-75 and shut it down. Now, if you are at all familiar with the ATL, those are THE 2 main N-S corridors and they carry the vast bulk of the traffic through Atlanta. That day took me 4 hours to cover 20 miles. People got the hell out of my way at the office when they saw my face.
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for ATL, take the train from the airport if you can. that traffic sux.
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Atlanta traffic is the WORST !
The airport isnt much better
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Hmmm. I have a 5 mile bike ride on city streets that are uncongested. My greatest hazard are the garbage and recycling cans in the bike lanes on Wednesdays and Thursdays if I take T Street downtown. M Street I just have to worry about getting nailed by high maintenance East Sac soccer mom gentry in their giant SUVs...
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There was a day back in '94 or '95 when a truck turned over on I-85 and shut it down. That same day, a truck also turned over on I-75 and shut it down. Now, if you are at all familiar with the ATL, those are THE 2 main N-S corridors and they carry the vast bulk of the traffic through Atlanta. That day took me 4 hours to cover 20 miles. People got the hell out of my way at the office when they saw my face.
Last time I was here it took 2 1/2 hours to get from the airport to the hotel in Buckhead. I woke up the next morning with a busted out window and some missing items from my rental car.

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I find the Atlanta airport to be super efficient to get through security... Taking off and landing, not so much.
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back in the day before open container laws in texas my brother had a 12 mile drive in Houston. He used to pick up a couple beers at the stop-n-rob across from work for the drive home. Used to take him about an hour twenty to get home.
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Last time I was here it took 2 1/2 hours to get from the airport to the hotel in Buckhead. I woke up the next morning with a busted out window and some missing items from my rental car.



I find the Atlanta airport to be super efficient to get through security... Taking off and landing, not so much.
yes.
And if you can, take MARTA. If your hotel is in walking distance of business, MARTA is definitely the best way to go.
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