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Fewer Americans Commuting Solo to Work: Would You Ever 'Group Commute'?

mrosen814 2012/09/20 21:00:00
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Group commuting -- riding buses, trains, subways or sharing cars and vans -- rose from 2005 to 2011 in more than a third of 342 metropolitan areas for which data exist, according to a USA TODAY analysis.

The leader of group commuting in the U.S., by far, is New York. There was a two-percent-point jump in New York mass transit use, according to USA Today. In fact, almost a third of residents in the New York metro area use public transportation. Whether it's by bus, trains, subways or carpooling, do you think "group commuting" is a good idea? Would you ever do it?

USATODAY.COM reports:
USA TODAY analysis finds more commuters are opting to travel in groups.
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  • Bibliophilic 2012/09/21 16:46:32
    No
    Bibliophilic
    +3
    No, no one lives near enough to me to do this. I think that taking the commute alone in the car is relaxing.

    I'd hate to ride a bus/train and have people invade my personal space. In my own car I don't have to hear people whining, see them coughing, listen to loud conversations, get heckled for money, be sexually harassed or annoyed by people I can actually hear.

    I'd probably walk with ear buds or ride my bike rather than use public transport- sorry it's just not safe enough and too obtrusive.

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  • Michaelene 2012/09/24 14:25:50
    Yes
    Michaelene
    There are fewer Americans working period!
    New Yorkers do not own vehicles, the costs are too prohibitive, even with the enormous cost of living pay difference.
    Imagine trying to commute over bridges that costs $26 round trip?
  • adeenmckenziekennedy 2012/09/24 11:53:46
  • El Prez 2012/09/24 09:44:02
    Yes
    El Prez
    Not anymore but I would have.
  • Nameless 2012/09/24 02:35:29
    Yes
    Nameless
    However, better than that, my husband works for a major company and works from home. No commuting at all!
  • Torchy 2012/09/24 00:49:46
  • iamco2000 2012/09/24 00:32:05
    No
    iamco2000
    Considering I live 30 minutes minimum from the nearest person I work with and it takes me only about 20 minutes or so to drive to work in the first place I would say this makes the idea fairly irrational and goes against common sense.

    2nd, I like driving by myself
    3rd, No and and I don't have to justify myself.

    Grace to you, Glory to God!
  • lucythetooth 2012/09/23 18:51:47
    No
    lucythetooth
    My work is less than three miles from my home and the two or three coworkers that live near me don't work the same hours I do. Plus, I have kids, so I have to have my own vehicle handy to go pick them up or whatever. Car pooling would be more trouble than it's worth.
  • luisofsuburbia 2012/09/23 15:19:42
    No
    luisofsuburbia
    Simply because people annoy me way to easily.
  • Playerazzi 2012/09/23 08:48:07
    Yes
    Playerazzi
    Used to do it all the time, and quite often now, when the wife has the car.
  • Pam 2012/09/23 05:32:42
    No
    Pam
    I know its PC and all but the thought of anyone in my car gives me the willies.
  • Any 2012/09/23 03:50:29
    No
    Any
    It becomes a huge pain in the ass when one person has to stay late. Then EVERYONE has to stay late. I would prefer to run my life on my own schedule.
  • Ville Squiggles The Finn\(>... 2012/09/23 02:50:00
  • Realistic 2012/09/23 02:03:32
    No
    Realistic
    Gathering up the group is work before work. I would rather not.
  • mikeeonly 2012/09/23 00:19:59
    Yes
    mikeeonly
    sure, saves money and the enviroment
  • BabyBear 2012/09/22 23:40:02
    Yes
    BabyBear
    Anyone else up for a 3AM wake up???? My workday starts very early and it's a 12 hour, sometimes more. I would if I could, but very few people work anything close to my schedule.
  • joan.sloane 2012/09/22 23:39:27
    Yes
    joan.sloane
    If you count the NY subways.
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/09/22 21:01:07
    Yes
    Margaret Jacobson
    I tried it in 1974. The DRIVER ALWAYS found some kind of excuse to leave work after about 2 or 3 hours at work M! That meAnt that I had to go back to our pickup point and get my car and drive back to work !! At the end of the day drive the other woman
    ( Pat) home for FREE ! IT DIDN'T WOK AT THAT TIME !! NOW PUBLIC TRANSIT WORKS BEST FOR ME!! IT IS CHEAPER, REGULAR SCHEDULE( MOZT OF THE TIME ) !!
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/09/22 18:02:04
    No
    MOMMA THOMAS
    TRIED IT, ...DIDN'T WORK. EVERYBODY COULDN'T KEEP SAME SCHEDULE TO LEAVE WORK.
  • whateverbabynevermind 2012/09/22 11:47:02
    Yes
    whateverbabynevermind
    There's usually other people on the subway.
  • Darr247 2012/09/22 10:47:15
    Yes
    Darr247
    I've car pooled before... it's not as convenient, but it saves a lot of money, not to mention mileage on all participants' vehicles. It's nice to be able to just read a magazine or surf if WiFi's available instead of having to drive. Or share a newspaper, do homework, et cetera.

    Housing within walking distance of mass-transit terminals lost only about 10% of its value during the 2007-2009 crash compared to 25% to 35% for less accessible housing.
  • Dub 2012/09/22 06:42:16
    No
    Dub
    If they wanted overtime and I didn't, or they had to leave early things like that wouldn't work. Also I like driving and don't trust other people driving me places often.
  • s2k 2012/09/22 05:31:10
    Yes
    s2k
    +1
    I'd carpool, it saves gas, cuts down on pollution, and good conversation makes it easier to get psyched for the work day
  • Tw!stəd_S!stər 2012/09/22 04:05:50
    Yes
    Tw!stəd_S!stər
    +1
    I hate driving so yes why not.
  • lill 2012/09/22 01:19:07
    No
    lill
    +1
    If I wanted someone sitting next to me jabbering away on my commute to work I would ride the bus/train. That is if I wanted to have a crazy smelly person sitting way too close to me, while I sit in a filthy seat, smell urine on my ride, and try not to make eye contact. (Don't go off on me if you ride the bus/train, you know it's true) The time I spend driving in my car is sometimes the only quiet time I get to myself. I would rather spend it in peace lsitening to music.
  • AndyWolf 2012/09/22 01:10:44
    Yes
    AndyWolf
  • Earl Hickey 2012/09/22 00:44:43 (edited)
    No
    Earl Hickey
    +1
    Might as well take the bus to work
    The whole point of driving a car is that you have it all to yourself!

    Then again, car pooling saves you gas money, you can split the expenses among the people you carpool with. With today's rising gas prises it sounds enticing!
  • Tennessee3501 2012/09/21 21:31:59
    Yes
    Tennessee3501
    +1
    I would love to "group commute" to work with Sandra Bullock!
  • EmoMcParland 2012/09/21 21:17:53
    Yes
    EmoMcParland
    +1
    I would commute with a person if my hours were more stable
  • Daryl 2012/09/21 20:41:00
    No
    Daryl
    Some things are best in a group.



    Driving is best solo.

    two girls one guy
  • BoredCollieDogRIPmissDyouRm... 2012/09/21 20:20:44
    No
    BoredCollieDogRIPmissDyouRmissed
    Never. Besides, I always leave 10 minutes late so I can arrive 10 minutes early and it bothers people.

    speeding
  • Sperry23 2012/09/21 18:51:41
    Yes
    Sperry23
    Of course. I use public transport frequently. And car-pooling when I can.
  • Michelle 2012/09/21 18:34:44
    Yes
    Michelle
    +1
    With people I am friendly with, of course. Never strangers (though I can tolerate busrides just fine, I don't want them in my own car). Considering the gas prices, it's a great solution to the ridiculous cost of commuting. Furthermore, if you have to go through high-traffic areas at high-traffic hours, it gets that many cars off the road which would be keeping you in the daily traffic jam. Not much of a difference, sure, but with more and more people carpooling...
  • Sass 2012/09/21 18:15:03
    No
    Sass
    I hate riding with other people!
  • SOUL4REAL 2012/09/21 17:58:22
    Yes
    SOUL4REAL
    Look at the damn "Gas" prices! The "Gas' prices are so high,I'll ride on the back of a "Donkey"!! Hahahahahahaha!! :))
  • Terrance Earle 2012/09/21 17:30:30
    Yes
    Terrance Earle
    Honestly we need better public transportation. ^_^ A good system of public transportation through a train network would significantly reduce congestion.
  • Jdogg 2012/09/21 17:25:26
    No
    Jdogg
    I like my quiet time.
  • M A 2012/09/21 17:21:00
    No
    M A
    Tried it and it sucks
  • Bibliophilic 2012/09/21 16:46:32
    No
    Bibliophilic
    +3
    No, no one lives near enough to me to do this. I think that taking the commute alone in the car is relaxing.

    I'd hate to ride a bus/train and have people invade my personal space. In my own car I don't have to hear people whining, see them coughing, listen to loud conversations, get heckled for money, be sexually harassed or annoyed by people I can actually hear.

    I'd probably walk with ear buds or ride my bike rather than use public transport- sorry it's just not safe enough and too obtrusive.
  • Latti I... Bibliop... 2012/09/21 17:33:04 (edited)
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +1
    "I'd hate to ride a bus/train and have people invade my personal space. In my own car I don't have to hear people whining, see them coughing, listen to loud conversations, get heckled for money, be sexually harassed or annoyed by people I can actually hear."

    LOL!! All of those things happen to me while commuting from Manhattan to 13th street in NY. I usually just put on my headphones, but people coughing near me among other things always irritated me. The only upside to it was when you ran into interesting people doing intriguing things like, break-dancing, sketching or under wear day.

    I kid you not, the underwear thing actually happened:

    NY under wear day NY under wear day NY under wear walk

    During those times it was fun.
  • Sass Latti I... 2012/09/21 18:16:50
    Sass
    That's just plain nasty.....were there brown streaks????

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