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odessasteps
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#1 Posted on 5.3.03 1745.45
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So, I'm outside DC this morning, getting ready to drive to the metro station to go downtown (and sit in with Mr Tony's radio show).

Time: 7:10 AM
Distance needed to travel: 11 miles

How long would you think that should take? Even with rush hours, like 30-45 minutes?

Nope. 1 hour, 20 minutes. To go 11 miles.

Accidents? None. Just commuter traffic.

ARGH! I was almost late (thanks to a full parking garage and getting off at the wrong metro stop.)

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#2 Posted on 5.3.03 1822.17
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It takes me 10 minutes in light traffic and good weather to get to downtown Calgary from my house. In snowy conditions and rush hour traffic, it's 45 minutes.

On a good day, though, I could drive to Edmonton in 1hr and 20 minutes. Edmonton. Think about it.

Traffic sucks beyond belief.
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#3 Posted on 5.3.03 1852.43
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Worst is Vegas. An hour and a half to go 5 miles down the strip. At 2 AM. Oy.

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#4 Posted on 5.3.03 1856.58
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I feel like the smart guy here. When I would have to be at work at 8am, it would take me 45 minutes to go 15 miles to work and over an hour (sometimes 1:30) to get home. Now, I have to be to work at 6:30am. It takes me 20 minutes to get to work and about 30 minutes to get home.
It sucks to have to beat the traffic. It starts on I-15 here just before 4. If I'm not on that freeway by 4, I'm dead. And you can just forget about I-805 after 3:30. No chance in hell. The worst part of it??? I listen to the traffic, and it's the same damn thing everyday.

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#5 Posted on 5.3.03 2247.33
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Haha. I try to feel bad for you but once you live with THE BIG DIG its hard to think anyone else has it hard. Within a span of a week the main highway in Boston can change 3 times (new temp exits, new temp lanes). Once I was stupid enough to try and go from north of the city to south of the city at around 5PM, BIG MISTAKE. Its only about 5 miles total. It took me 3 hours. There was no accident. The highway goes from 4 lanes to 2 lanes. Thatís it. 3 hours because losing two lanes.
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#6 Posted on 6.3.03 0736.03
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    Originally posted by odessasteps

    So, I'm outside DC this morning, getting ready to drive to the metro station to go downtown (and sit in with Mr Tony's radio show).

    Time: 7:10 AM
    Distance needed to travel: 11 miles

    How long would you think that should take? Even with rush hours, like 30-45 minutes?

    Nope. 1 hour, 20 minutes. To go 11 miles.

    Accidents? None. Just commuter traffic.

    ARGH! I was almost late (thanks to a full parking garage and getting off at the wrong metro stop.)




But how was the show? Did you get on the air? I missed the show....
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#7 Posted on 6.3.03 0740.44
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When I lived in St. Louis, I had the nice early too work get off early from work schedule so it took me 10 minutes to get downtown. Up here at the University of Iowa I would tell you how traffic normally is, but people up here don't seem to be familiar with the words traffic or rush hour, mabe rush 10 minutes, but not rush hour.
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#8 Posted on 6.3.03 0748.44
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    Originally posted by pieman

      Originally posted by odessasteps

      So, I'm outside DC this morning, getting ready to drive to the metro station to go downtown (and sit in with Mr Tony's radio show).

      Time: 7:10 AM
      Distance needed to travel: 11 miles

      How long would you think that should take? Even with rush hours, like 30-45 minutes?

      Nope. 1 hour, 20 minutes. To go 11 miles.

      Accidents? None. Just commuter traffic.

      ARGH! I was almost late (thanks to a full parking garage and getting off at the wrong metro stop.)




    But how was the show? Did you get on the air? I missed the show....



That's coming at some point. I didn't have time yesterday. I was too tired when I got home and my brian hurt.

No, I didn't make air, but I got three mentions.
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#9 Posted on 6.3.03 0822.20
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    Originally posted by odessasteps
    Accidents? None. Just commuter traffic.
Good thing we don't have any of that commuter traffic nonsense in Jersey...
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#10 Posted on 6.3.03 0913.18
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    Originally posted by Mild Mannered Madman
    Worst is Vegas. An hour and a half to go 5 miles down the strip. At 2 AM. Oy.




I only visit Vegas but even I know to avoid the strip for traffic. Paradise or Industrial Road all the way.

The worst intersection has to be Tropicana and the Strip.
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#11 Posted on 6.3.03 1000.19
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    Originally posted by odessasteps

      Originally posted by pieman

        Originally posted by odessasteps

        So, I'm outside DC this morning, getting ready to drive to the metro station to go downtown (and sit in with Mr Tony's radio show).

        Time: 7:10 AM
        Distance needed to travel: 11 miles

        How long would you think that should take? Even with rush hours, like 30-45 minutes?

        Nope. 1 hour, 20 minutes. To go 11 miles.

        Accidents? None. Just commuter traffic.

        ARGH! I was almost late (thanks to a full parking garage and getting off at the wrong metro stop.)




      But how was the show? Did you get on the air? I missed the show....



    That's coming at some point. I didn't have time yesterday. I was too tired when I got home and my brian hurt.

    No, I didn't make air, but I got three mentions.


You mean that wasn't you laughing at the first mention of your name?

I feel so cheated. I thought it was you!

ON topic - Traffic? In Oconomowoc? Only if a non-local stops to try to pronounce the damn city name!

(edited by Sec19Row53 on 6.3.03 1001)
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#12 Posted on 6.3.03 1305.50
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Well, in interests of full disclosure, I didn't get a chance to tape yesterday's show (since I was, youknow, there) so I can't vouch for that. It was probably Ray, since I really wasn't near a hot mike.

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#13 Posted on 6.3.03 1431.35
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Traffic coming in from the DC Beltway ? Unheard of....I always hated the last 10 miles of every business trip to DC and the stretch of I-95 just north of Wilmington......I also hated driving past one of the most hated arenas in sports - the appropriately named FU Center - I always gave it the single digit salute

My commute into NYC everyday is 1hr 45m in the morning and 2hr+ coming home and I live about 45 miles outside of the city to the west
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#14 Posted on 6.3.03 1606.39
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Freeway420, you live in Calgary and it only takes you 1hr 20 min to drive to Edmonton? Thats over 300 km dude - do you have a rocket car?
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#15 Posted on 6.3.03 1701.08
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Well, it mores like 2 hours and 10 minutes...my brother CLAIMS to have done it in under 70 minutes, but that would involve a LOT of speeding.

So, I'm assuming that's what he did.

All-in-all, though, Cow-town is pretty bad for traffic nowadays. The entire traffic infrastructure was designed and built in the 1960s and 70s, before the HUGE oil boom sent the population from just over 100,000 in the mid-70s to just under a million today. Eek. And the government is too damned cheap to fix things.
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#16 Posted on 6.3.03 1828.48
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WIth the amount of snow we've had this winter, I can't wait until my rush hour travel time is back below an hour and 45 minutes.

Global warming my ass.
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#17 Posted on 7.3.03 1245.59
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70 minutes to go 300 km - thats 250+km/hr (>150 miles/hr for you yanks). Remind me never to be on the highway when your brother's on the road. Also, if the cops catch him he could do jail time. Yikes.
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