Average Commute Comes In At About 35 Minutes

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.

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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.

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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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