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Report: New York City Commute Times Are The Nation’s Highest

Average Commute Comes In At About 35 Minutes
Heavy traffic exits the George Washington Bridge onto the Henry Hudson Parkway as morning commuters drive into Manhattan November 1, 2012 in New York as the city recovers from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. (credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Heavy traffic exits the George Washington Bridge onto the Henry Hudson Parkway as morning commuters drive into Manhattan November 1, 2012 in New York as the city recovers from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. (credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new report ranked New York City as having the highest commute time in the country.

As 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported, the average commuter logs 34.9 minutes behind the wheel – and that’s one way.

For one man, Tony, the commute is anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half from Brooklyn to East Rutherford, N.J. Does he ever wonder why he makes the long commute?

“Every day,” he said. “But I’ve got to do it.”

The 35-minute commute, as calculated by USA Today using data from the INRIX traffic information and services group, puts New York at No. 1 for long commutes, with Washington, D.C., a close second.

And even though his ride to Livingston, N.J., can take an hour or more, Eric said it is a lot better than the alternative.

“I’m actually thinking about it – it’s better than taking public transportation,” he said.

The study said many people are actually doing just that. The percent of people driving to work in the city is 56.6 – the lowest of any city studied.

In terms of overall congestion, New York comes in at No. 5 nationwide. Los Angeles is No. 1.

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