Longer Commutes For American Drivers

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

October 16, 2006

According to a new "Commuting in America" study, more and more drivers are spending a lot of time in their car to and from work and they're doing it alone.

John Campbell drives an hour from his home to work daily. He lives in Richmond and works in Charlottesville, which is a two-hour commute per day.

"It's about 62 miles door to door each way," said Campbell.

He's not alone on the road. John leaves his home earlier and stays at his job later in order to avoid any rush hour.

In fact, according to the latest study from the Transportation Research Board, the number of new solo drivers grew by almost 13 million in the last decade. That's up by almost 50%.

"It's starting to cost a lot to drive that 30 miles or more to your office so that's where we come in," said Lisa Horanyi.

Lisa handles the RideShare program that connects commuters together so they can share a ride and the gas money.

"A lot of people just take turns driving using their own vehicles. Some people may not want as much wear and tear on their car so they may want to work something out financially," explained Horanyi.

However, carpooling may not be for everyone. "Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. There are several people that live between Richmond and here so we try to do some pickups every now and then, but our schedules are so different a lot of the time," said Campbell.

John is not willing to give up a good job in Charlottesville, so for the time being, he's going to continue making the trek between the two cities. "It's usually a great commute and I have no problems," he said.

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