Super Commuter

A 2:15 Alarm, 2 Trains and a Bus Get Her to Work by 7 A.M.

“California job growth has slowed considerably over the past year, in part because high housing costs have made it harder for employers to fill jobs.”

“About 50,000 commuters leave San Joaquin County each day for jobs in the Bay Area, a figure that has rebounded to its pre-recession peak, according to Jeffrey Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. And that has given Stockton one of the nation’s highest concentrations of “extreme commuters” who travel 90 or more minutes to work.”

“Long commutes are, of course, not unique to Northern California. The number of commuters who travel 90 or more minutes to work is almost 3 percent nationwide.”

“the phenomenon is even more evident in the Bay Area, where the numbers rose to nearly 5 percent from 3 percent in just three years, according to an analysis of census data by the Brookings Institution.”

“In Stockton, 8 percent of commuters travel 90 minutes or more.”

“Facing the day ahead, she was mindful that she still had a three-hour reverse commute that would deliver her home 12 hours later.”

*More people than I thought have what I’d deem extreme commutes. This was a good article that gave details on one woman’s commute.

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