Friday Question of the Day – How Do You Commute These Days?

by Prince Of Petworth February 4, 2016 at 10:22 pm 144 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman

Given the recent (not so recent) transit troubles of late I’m wondering how/if it has changed how folks get to work. I’m gonna compare it to a poll we did in 2014 when about 25% took metro, 17% bus, 14% car, 20% bike, and 20% walk. So how do you commute today? Is it the same way you’ve always commuted or have switched modes?

  • metro-cyclist

    there should be a multi-modal option for people who do different things on different days.

    • eggs


    • oh2dc

      Or people who use a combination. I use metro rail and bus. I am sure some might drive to a metro station or any other variable combination.

      • JC

        Yes, +1 to that. Signed, bus-to-metro rider.

    • Caroline

      That’s me. My girlfriend and I share a car and carpool whenever possible. Driving is the only option for her, but I often do Metro when our schedules don’t align.
      When she’s out of town I usually drive the car to and from work. It’s not the most environmentally friendly option, but it takes 10-15 minutes to drive to work and $6 to park. Metro takes 40-45 minutes, costs $5.50, and gives me motion sickness. It just doesn’t make sense to Metro if I have access to the car.
      I love walking to work but it takes over two hours each way, so I don’t do it very often. A few times a year I try biking but I could never get into it.
      The only mode of transit I haven’t done is bus. I like buses, but my commute would involve taking three of them, and the ones in VA aren’t very reliable.

  • BMouse

    Metro on the way there, bus on the way back. Unless they take my Federal Triangle bus away.

  • HaileUnlikely

    Usually metro to work and bus home. Sometimes I run halfway home, then get on the bus (work near Metro Center, live just south of Silver Spring). The run-halfway-then-bus is typically my fastest way to get home – faster for me than taking the bus or metro all the way (I run the downtown part, where the bus is slow, and get on north of Columbia Heights, where it is faster.) I ran both ways every single day almost without exception for my first 6 years in DC, then gradually started getting older, lazier, and consequently fatter.

    • bll

      I feel your pain–I used to run home from Navy Yard to Glover Park almost every day. Moved to Navy Yard 2.5 years ago and now have a .75 mi walk to work.

  • Nathan

    Metro both ways. I head out from Bloomingdale to downtown Silver Spring. I suppose I could take the bus, but metro runs reasonably well on reverse commutes so I’m sticking with that.

  • atlas

    biked then, biked now. i wouldn’t be surprised if the biking share has gone down. over the past year or so, ive noticed the roads get much less inviting to cyclists who aren’t a bit “battle-hardened”. could be mistaken though.

  • saf

    Used to bus all the time. But, new jobs, so now, sometimes train, sometimes bus, most often car or motorcycle.

    And my second job (both part-time) is all from home, so that’s on foot.

    The husband was rail then, rail now.

  • Farragut

    I’m on a rotating shift schedule, so most shifts I take Metro, but overnights and weekends I drive. Unfortunately I’ve started the paperwork to drop my transit subsidy to get a parking pass for work–my Metro commute has been so crappy lately. :-( I like my book-readin’ time… (I don’t do audiobooks).

    • dcd

      I feel the same way about audiobooks. Lately, I’ve become a fan of Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcasts – the WWI series is great. I just started the Mongol series.

      • Farragut

        Yeah, it’s interesting–I’ve never liked someone reading me a story (something about people’s “reading” voices).
        I *am* fine with podcasts, though, and Dan Carlin is the only one I’ve liked with a single voice (as opposed to interview shows or multi-host podcasts). I’m all caught up with Dan Carlin (at least from Episode 40 to now). I’ll get around to buying his earlier stuff eventually–especially now that I’ll be driving more often.

        • dcd

          If I could describe you in one word, Farragut, it would be “voracious.” Every time someone suggests something, you already know about it, have done it, and have 5 similar suggestions to return. Books, restaurants, podcasts – you name it. (This is by no means a criticism – I’m a little in awe. I feel like a slacker, and that’s unusual for me.)

          • Allison

            Hah, try being his wife! I can’t keep up with this guy!


    Could you add running as an option? I run to work in the morning and ride the red line home (Brookland to Metro Center). Running is great because I get combine my workout and my commute, and not have to deal with metro in the morning rush hour.

    • +1. I don’t run every day (my commute is 7.5 miles), but I do try to break it up and run all the way to/from work once a week, or run half/bus half one way. Otherwise I’m stuck with Metro.

    • BeverlyS

      Do you run on the MBT to Brookland in the a.m.? How is it if so?

      • CODEL

        Yup, I take the metropolitan trail. I have never had a problem or felt unsafe on the trail. There is usually a number of bikers, runners, and walkers on the trail so I never feel too isolated. Also, it is not unusual to see bicycle cops on the trail.

    • elly2

      Do you have a shower at your office? Do you have to carry anything with you to the office? Curious about people who are able to do this

      • CODEL

        Yes, the only way I can run to work is to shower at work. I leave my suit, belts, and dress shoes at work and get changed there. I bring all the rest in a camelback and it works great.

  • IDontGetIt

    What about the increasing number of telecommuters?

    • INDC


  • MPinDC

    Right now it’s metro there (faster) but I prefer riding the bus (returning home); I’m also quick to take a cab to work when transit looks like it’s running slow.
    I’ll start biking again when the roads are dry. and when I work from home I’m walking the 13 steps to my home office.

  • Pworth2

    Work in PG. Metro out to station& drive last two miles to office. Leave car overnight in the station.

  • KenyonDweller

    I drive to work and bus home. I drive so that I can drop my kid off at school in the morning. We have only one car, and so my wife gets the car from my office and then picks up our son in the evening. I biked for years and plan to start again once it’s still light at 6:00 pm.

  • Lyft is getting a lot more money from me these days. I still take the train depending on the destination and time of day but not nearly as often as I did 2 years ago.

  • anonymous

    I drive. Live in the city work in Reston. Commute by car is about 30mins in morning and about 45mins in evening. If I was to take metro, my commute would easily be about 1 1/2hr commute each way- plus the headache of having to stop off to get to the gym and any other errands I may need to runl

    • mclean commute

      what time do you make the commute to/from reston? i switched jobs about 9 months ago and went from a 20 minute bus commute to a car commute from the city to mclean. i find it takes me 45 minutes (on a good day) in the morning and unpredictably long in the evening (1-2 hours). it could just be where i’m coming from in the city and that my hours are 9-5 (not flexible), but isn’t reston farther? i’m shocked by your times and really jealous!

      • womp

        i’m really shocked by anon’s times too

      • I Dont Get It

        I haven’t made this reverse commute in years but find 45 minutes back in the afternoon surprising. I find that some people with long commutes are in denial as to how long it actually takes.

      • anonymous

        Hours are 6-3. If I stay past 3:30/4 it goes up to 1hr plus.

  • Still mostly bus, with either walk/bike to Metro if I’m running behind.

  • madmonk28

    We drive; we live in Petworth and both work in Bethesda. If we took Metro it would take twice as long and cost more.

    • SWChick

      I can attest, it is very expensive. I live at Waterfront and work in Rockville. Daily metro commute is about $13 a day.

    • jim_ed

      I live in Petworth and used to drive to Rockville, even though my office was near the metro. Trying to get across the park on the E Buses is just absurdly slow. I could drive it in 35 minutes, public transit was well over an hour. The city desperately needs better East-West public transit options.

  • anon

    I took Metro for years, but this past September I gave it up for good and switched to driving. I haven’t been on Metro since and have not regretted my decision- especially when coworkers show up grumpy from red line disasters.

  • sproc

    Definitely need a mixed option, plenty of bus–>train and vice versa.
    Very jealous of those of you who can run to work. It’s not the distance that prevents me, but the fact there’s no way I could cool off that quick and not be a mess in the office.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I am very lucky to have a shower at work. After a particularly sweaty run, I finish the shower with straight cold water for the final 30 seconds or so. Not for fun, but I do find it helps me to stop sweating, or at least slow the rate of sweat production enough that I don’t look like a total freak.

      • sproc

        Again, I wish. Even the cold shower doesn’t really do it once I’m fully up to temp, only time. Perhaps if I could wear shorts and flip flops at my desk, but in business attire I’ll just continue to cook.

    • Yeah, in the summer, it’s easier to run home than to work, as you don’t have to worry about the sweat factor. But there is a whole coordination issue for what to bring/leave at the office overnight. It’s taken some time for me to be able to get it down to an easy-to-run-with science of credit card/ID + key + phone.

      • CODEL

        Yeah, all that coordination can be annoying with the bringing and leaving at the office for running. I bought a running backpack from camelback and have not regretted it. I just bring what I need with me for the day so I don’t need to plan.

        • flieswithhoney

          Do you bring your work clothes and lunch with you in the camelback? I’ve always wanted to run to work but wasn’t sure about getting everything there.

          • sproc

            That’s where I get really jealous of women running to work especially in warmer weather. So much more bulk and weight to transport men’s business attire on your back.

          • CODEL

            I keep my suits, belts, and dress shoes at work. I bring my dress shirt and all the under things, also a pair of jeans to wear home. These things all fit in my small camelback. I usually buy lunch and not bring (hell, I’m saving $2.30 by not taking metro).

  • Anonamom

    I now work outside of the city, so it’s car for me. When I worked inside the city, it was a mixture of bus and walking.

  • dcd

    My commute has morphed several times over the past year, as we’ve changed locations:

    Columbia Heights: Combination of walking, Metro, and Car2Go
    Friendship Heights: Bus
    Bethesda: Drive

    All have their plusses and minuses. I desperately miss my morning, head-clearing walk to the office, but that commute, including the metro ride home, was anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. The bus gave me 30+ minutes of solid reading time, which was great, but when traffic was bad, it was awful. Driving, at the times I commute, is anywhere from 12 to 25 minutes, but comes at both a financial and aggravation cost (mass transit now would be doable, but very long). I may explore biking soon – I’m right on the Crescent trail.

  • FridayGirl

    If these results hold (27% car now compared to the previous 14%) no wonder the traffic seems like it has gotten worse. It has.

    • anon

      I think the traffic has definitely gotten worse. For me it’s still less horrible to deal with than Metro since I go in early and leave early, but there are definitely a lot more cars on the road than there used to be. For example, I left at 3:30 yesterday and there was quite a bit of traffic. Rush hour is basically all day now. That said, driving is still half the time it would take to metro.

      • FridayGirl

        This is true. And it’s why I still take the bus rather than the metro, but the bus has become a lot more unpredictable in the past year or two with the increased traffic.

      • Anon

        I think more and more people are working in the suburbs, and suburban public transit sucks so they are forced to drive. It’s only going to get worse.

  • BK Petworth Citizen

    I would also add an option for Bridj – it’s a cheap commuter option ($3) to go direct from Petworth to downtown

    • Curious George

      I love Bridj. Use it all the time.

    • Anon Spock

      I think that’s still a bus…Like a shorter commuter bus.

      • Bridj passenger

        BRIDJ is a lifesaver. I hope it gains traction and ridership so they stay in business. Clean, safe, fast, convenient, has cut my commute time by 20-30 minutes. They have a really limited service area, which is my only complaint.

        • Anon

          They really need to come out to VA. There aren’t many buses that cross the river.

  • eggs

    Mr. Eggs drops me off at work in the morning (since he has to drive out to Herndon, and my work is on his way) and I either walk halfway and bus halfway home or take a car2go home.

  • Llama

    After Wednesday, I had it with metro rail in the mornings and found a new way to commute, BRIDJ. Two days in I’ve been extremely happy (and early) and it’s $3.00 from Petworth area to Farragut and I can use my smart benefits on it. I used to bus when I was in Columbia Heights for many years, but Petworth doesn’t have a bus that goes to Farragut area so I’ve had to transfer at Gallery Place/Chinatown for the past year and a half and finally had enough of it.

    • CHGal

      Can I ask how you use smart benefits?

      • Llama

        Sorry, I should clarify. Our company has a benefits program (like smart benefits) but it gives us a debit card in which the money is placed in that account. With BRIDJ, you can link that debit card to your account (same as UBER or LYFT type deal). You could also use that debit card to load money onto your smart trip card as well.

  • jenster8dc

    Metro most days, much to my chagrin.
    Walking downstairs today, much to my delight. :-)

  • Philippe Lecheval

    I drive or take the bus or Metro, depending on many different factors.

  • skj84

    Writing this from the bus. I almost always take the bus to work, my way home depends on what I’m doing that evening. If I’m going straight home bus, if I have other things going I may metro. I try to avoid the metro at all costs. I’d like to start biking once it warms up a bit.

  • ***

    9 months of the year – bike. During the winter – bus. Otherwise cab or car. I absolutely refuse to set foot on the metro, even if other modes of transit will take 4x longer or cost more. I value my life and my mental health more than my time.

  • PetworthMom

    I’m driving now. I go from Petworth to Metro Center.

    I can drive it in 20-25 minutes. It takes about 45-50 minutes (including the 15 walk to the Metro) to take Metro or bus.

    For the extra 50 minutes of day that driving gets me, it’s worth the parking.

    • stacksp


    • Curious George

      You should consider Bridj

      • PetworthMom

        I used Bridj for two months and quit. The buses were always 5-10 minutes late in the morning, and could be 20-30 minutes late in the afternoon.

        I even emailed them a few times to suggest they revamp their schedules to better match traffic, and saw no improvement.

        I ended up paying a lot more, because at least once a week I’d have to take an Uber home because it’d be 25 minutes and the Bridj still wasn’t there.

      • Llama

        I’m a big fan so far in my first week using it. Only using it in morning so far, metro in evening. ANYTHING beats transferring at Gallery Place/Chinatown in morning.

        • Bridj passenger

          Interesting, I’ve never had this issue. The van runs a few mins late but never as bad as the bus.

  • stacksp

    Drive both ways. Park at a lot. $8 bucks a day for parking.

  • Pixie

    I used to walk or take the bus when I was running late. That was the best. Then I moved out to Takoma and rely on the red line. When it works, it’s great and my commute is easy. But when it doesn’t work… it’s bad. I’ll end up taking the yellow/green line and walk to Farragut from Gallery Place.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Not sure what part of Takoma you live in, but if you live anywhere conducive to walking to an S9 stop (I sometimes use the Georgia & Kalmia stop), the S2 or S9 is usually pretty smooth and easy if you get on before about 7:30.

      • Pixie

        I live off 4th Street near the metro, about a mile or so from Georgia and Kalmia. But you’re right, the S9 is a good option if the red line is having a bad day.

  • ET

    I know I am lucky but I walk.

  • bruno

    Combo car, BikeShare, and walk. Mix and match commensurate wit the weather, my mood, the time, etc. But mostly I walk. You come too.

  • Cleveland Park

    Really encouraged by those of you who run to work! My commute is Cleveland Park to Farragut North, and I’m thinking about running one direction a few times a week. My question – what do you guys do with your clothes, lunch, etc.? Any backpack recommendations?

    • dcd

      When I ran I used a North Face backpack – it fits a business casual outfit fine, and if you fold things carefully and pack carefully wrinkling is minimal. If you need to wear a suit, it’s tougher, and I never liked running with a laptop, but it did keep me from bringing work home. A smallish Tupperware with lunch can sneak in right on top of the clothes, too. (Just make sure it’s the locking type – lids fall off, and that’s an unpleasant surprise when you get to the office. !)

    • AP

      I bought a small camelback for this purpose a few years ago, one of the ones that stays close to your body and straps on so it doesn’t move around too much. I just replace the bladder with my work clothes. I also just planned ahead when it came to lunch (was only running to work about 3 times a week) – would just bring a large tupperware of at least two lunches on an off day. Or I just made something that could be assembled via a plastic bag system that wasn’t too difficult to throw in the running backpack- aka tacos or salad.

      • CODEL

        +1 Camelbacks are great size for running if you take out the bladder. Also the straps are great at distributing weight.

        • Cleveland Park

          Great idea!

        • andy

          I’m another office runner. Easy way to run 40-50 miles a week. I realized I could run faster than bus/Metro could get me to and from work and gradually figured out the logistics.

          My office clothes, shoes, ties, belts, etc. are in an office closet, brought in in large batches one day or another I couldn’t run in. I rewear most things a few times-my office work is pretty sedentary.

          I have a small, cheap lightweight/unpadded Puma backpack. Wallet, phone, and keys (just enough to get into house/office) go into a tiny pocket a top of backpack to prevent shifting. I tighten the straps down and strap around my gut.

          Inside I have a big plastic race bag I put clean clothes in to bring into the office, one or two garments at a time. Dirty clothes go home the same way. I could bring lunch but only rarely do.

          During warmer weather I use a tiny string backpack.

          There is a shower at the office gym, and I rinse and wring out my running clothes there, let them dry at my desk and can wear them to run home the next day. I also have a stock of running clothes at the office.

          Every day at the end of the day I set out a bag of clothes to dress in the next day and take it to the office shower in the morning.

    • Accountering

      I am going to +1 this question. I would love some info here too!

    • I keep a “shower in a bag” at work for when I run to work, and bring a change of (work) clothes the day before. Like others, I try to pack a couple days of lunch at a time to leave at the office. If I run home, then I usually wear my running shoes to commute in the morning, and have a small bag with my running clothes. I leave my work clothes at work that night, and carry minimal stuff on my run–which I why I seek out running clothes with decent pockets for keys, cash, ID, and I have a spider belt for my phone. I find a running backpack a bit awkward, which is why I focus on carrying only what I can wear.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I would carry my clothes and sometimes lunch in my backpack when running. I recommend finding something with straps that run around the sides of the backpack (not you, just the pack) to cinch it tight so that it doesn’t flop around when not full, a waist strap to help distribute the weight on your body and reduce bounce, and that rests in a comfortable position on your back with the straps pulled tight (neither too low nor digging into your neck). This will vary depending on your physical size and the size of the load you carry. The backpack that I use is the NorthFace Hot Shot. It also came with a chest strap but I found it uncomfortable and just cut it off.

      • HaileUnlikely

        p.s. I also carry a small bag with just a bar of soap and a hand towel to towel off after the shower. Carrying a full-size bath towel never struck me as a good use of space.
        I have successfully done this with a suit with no adverse effects on the run nor on the suit, but packing the jacket carefully takes substantial effort and is not something I’d want to do daily. I do not ordinarily wear a full suit to work.
        Also, I pack all of my clothes in a plastic bag, just like a grocery bag or a small trash bag. Although the pack is decently water-resistant, a little bit of rain or sweat will occasionally infiltrate it.

      • HaileUnlikely

        p.p.s. I keep a pair of dress shoes in my office. No need to haul an extra pair of shoes in my backpack every day!

        • I embarrassingly just counted 6 pairs of shoes in my desk drawer, so I never have to worry about foot attire.

    • Anonther

      I tend to run home from work. I bring my running stuff in the morning and just leave my work clothes in my office and carry them home the next day. I don’t like to run with a backpack, so if running to work I try to anticipate and bring an extra set of work clothes the day before.

  • CVR

    Unless the temperature is sweltering high or blusteringly (I don’t think that’s a word but meh) low, or it’s pouring I walk. If the weather isn’t cooperating I grudgingly take the metro.

  • Brightwoodnorth

    I take the metro- red line- every day, both ways, Takoma to Judiciary Square. I work an early schedule so I am on the train by 7 am and 4 pm, and seem to avoid most redline rush hour messes that way. I have about a 15 min walk to the train from my house, which I mostly enjoy as a way to get some exercise, and the whole trip is about 40 minutes door to door, which seems reasonable. I would like a way to get more exercise on the commute though, once it’s a bit warmer, but running from my office (about 5 miles) is too far for me, and I’m afraid to bike because of crazy drivers.

    • Anonther

      You could run to another metro stop, or get off metro a few stops early.

      • Brightwoodnorth

        True- I am seriously considering running/walking up to Petworth, which would be about 3 miles for me, and then getting the 62/63 bus from there. Avoiding the metro altogether would be great, and there’s not much bus traffic that far north.

        • HaileUnlikely

          This sounds like an excellent plan. Now that I’m too out of shape to run all the way home (Metro Center to northern tip of Takoma), I often run up 16th to Spring or Buchanan and get on an S2 or S9. If I get lucky with the bus timing I’ll be home in 50 minutes, which for me is competitive with metro and faster than taking the bus all the way.

          • Brightwoodnorth

            16th st is a nice street. I work on 4th st downtown, so that would be pretty far west for me, but I don’t really want to run on GA Ave. Do you think 11th st is a good northbound running option?

          • HaileUnlikely

            Mostly, yes. I might detour over to 13th for a few blocks between Florida and Euclid if doing it after dark. I used to run in that area a lot (to use the track at Cardozo or Banneker), and would occasionally encounter rowdy kids, teens, and sometimes even adults taunting and throwing rocks at me (and other passers-by) from the apartments across 11th from Cardozo. It sounds like you’d be earlier, though, so yes, I think 11th St would be a decent way to go.

          • Brightwoodnorth

            That’s really good to know- thanks! (Intended for your 2:34 comment, but I can’t reply there for some reason)

  • Anon Spock

    Used to bus now drive a relatively short distance, but I can get free zone parking near my job, and it’s cheaper and faster.

  • When I moved to Park View I realized it was 20 minutes less to drive to Rockville in the mornings rather than metro and about 5-10 less than metro on the way home. Then there are the red line meltdowns I avoid.
    I certainly don’t love it, but right now I’m not willing to give up my job or my neighborhood, so I’ll stick it out for as long as I can take…I’ve said the whole 9 years I’ve working in Rockville.
    Parking at my office is free and it’s a treat to get in a warm-ish car after work in the winter. And I usually always park on my block when I get home.

  • Count Pheasant

    Who are all these car people? I don’t have a single coworker or friend in DC who commutes by car.

    • stacksp

      Its just faster than public transportation and you can come and go as you please. One of the real benefits of being in the city, is to zip across town. So many shortcuts and back streets you can take.

      • Anon

        Don’t know where you live or where you’re going but I bike and all I see are angry motorists not going anywhere. I’m not sure where the “zipping” part is in all of that. Then there is the drama that is parking. I’m surprised more car drivers don’t just die from a heart attack. But it may just be the route I take where the congestion is so bad. Needless to say biking allows you to bypass the morass of traffic.

        • Anon Spock

          Depends on when and where. I try to be at work by 8 & traffic is light, but the closer I am to 9 is a snarl. You’re probably riding near a road used by people coming into the city as opposed to in city commuters which seems lighter imo.

          • Anon

            Not really. I’m using streets that may or may not be the bridge & tunnel crowd, but it’s definitely worse in the evenings than in the mornings. Drivers are even angrier (or drunker) after 6 pm. People in my office that drive come in early and leave early or vice versa. They really do try to avoid the 8 – 9 and 6 – 7 window as much as they can. Luckily I don’t have to make those kind of choices, and when it snowed I could just walk to work which I noticed is both a luxury and a curse (since I am close enough to walk I don’t have the excuse that drivers do :/)

        • siz

          i’m a bike commuter 95% of the time, almost never drive to work, but i mean – my car’s great for getting around town to get to dinner, meet friends, run errands. i’ll bike commute in almost any weather because it’s so much faster in terms of getting to work, but…i usually won’t do any of that other stuff on my bike unless i’m like…going to 14th st on a saturday night (parking’s too hard). it’s just easier to drive.

    • TinkerTaylor

      I’m one because my job is over 40 miles from my house. My SO, on the other hand, walks a couple of miles each way.

    • anon

      A lot of people live in the city but work in the burbs and thus driving is the best option. I also know a few people who have given up public transportation in favor of driving for in-city commuting (myself included). Metro (including the bus) has just become so unreliable it’s worth it to pay a bit extra for your sanity’s sake.

    • Anonther

      You must know lots of people who work near metro stations. Much of DC is nowhere near a metro station (like lots of the big hospitals, some of the universities). It’s not easy to live in a place with a reasonable bus commute to those locations, so most people drive.

    • JC

      I live in Adams Morgan and work in Ballston. I currently S-bus to Farragut West for the orange/silver line, but have been considering buying a car. The commute by public transit is 45 min-1 hr, the drive would be closer to ~25 min, and work has free parking. About 25% of DC residents work outside of DC, and for some of those workplaces it is easier to drive and/or impossible to take public transit.

    • Anon

      I guess you don’t have coworkers or friends in STEM fields. Our jobs tend to not be walkable or public transit accessible.

      • JC

        Sad but true. Luckily for him, my engineer husband is a fed, and so he has one of the few metro-accessible types of engineering jobs in this area.

  • The OP Anon

    Scooter when the weather is decent, though I recently had to declare a total insurance loss due to extensive vandalism. So I am looking to buy a Vespa when the weather gets a bit nicer.
    Right now, I’m taking the bus everyday. Some days I’m walking home from the office (1.5 miles) if I’m meeting friends for happy hour. The bus is great during the morning rush hour, but extremely spotty during the evening rush hour. I’ve been noticing that buses will completely disappear from the NextBus system in the evening. It will say “arriving in 1 minute” for 10 minutes, then completely disappear without ever arriving. Very annoying.

    • Anon

      I scooter in all but the most terrible weather (heavy rain or ice) because the miserability index of being on a scooter in 20 degree weather does not outweigh the miserability index of the bus.

      I also recently had to declare a total insurance loss, but mine was due to a Maryland driver. I still ride the scooter over the bus. What happened as far as vandalism to yours? I leave mine chained up outside in NE and no one has messed with it yet, been almost a year. Wonder if I’m just lucky.

      • DCReggae

        Fellow scooterists! Have you guys noticed an uptick in cars wanting to kill you? I’ve been in two accidents this year already, both were 0% my fault.

        • Anonymous

          Cars are just machines. It’s the drivers that are the problems.

        • Anon

          Two accidents already in 2016!?
          My accident was also 0% my fault (as adjudged by the other guy’s insurance company, even though he blamed me). It’s like being on a fast bicycle–they just don’t see you and try to merge into you. I got hurt. It sucked. But it didn’t suck as much as taking the bus every single day, and the scoot still runs (+1 for the Buddy).

  • dcgator

    I Bikeshare whenever possible. If it’s crappy, rainy, or bikes are gone, then it’s 30 minutes of racing everyone else on the sidewalk.

  • Abby

    I metro both ways, but most of my office bikes and it would cut my commute in half. I’m going to do some trail rides this summer and see if I can get confident enough to start bike commuting next year.

  • siz

    bike pretty much every day unless there’s moderate-heavy precipitation, then i take the bus.

  • Craig

    The one major problem I see with this poll, Dan, besides the self-selection bias, is that you’re posting it at the beginning of February instead of the beginning of April like you did the last time.

    I’m sure that many people have seasonal commuting habits. Right now for example most of my commute is on bus. In the spring, it will be mostly walking. Then in the heat of summer, I’m back on the bus.

    The main shift I see in the current results is more driving and less biking, but I suspect the biking numbers will be higher in April.

  • ke

    I used to commute from Petworth to Tenleytown via bus to Metro, but got fed up with the Red Line meltdowns. Sometimes a 45 min commute would turn into 1.5+ hours. Now I drive and have free parking. I miss the time reading, and am philosophically pro-public transport, but my commute time is cut in half and I have a reasonable amount of control over my schedule. Hopefully Metro gets its act together sometime in the near future.

  • anon commuter

    I recently switched jobs and my new commute is absolutely one of the reasons I’m happier. My trip to work had taken 50 minutes, which included a .6m walk to the metro from home and then both the red and the S/O/B lines, and now I’m a 20 minute walk or 10 minute bus ride from home to my office. The difference in quality of life is SO much more than I’d expected!

  • God Bless the Chickpea

    Live in DuPont, work across from King Street Metro. I drive, because it’s about 30 minutes door-to-door in the morning, whereas Metro is, at its fastest, at least 40 minutes (also, work pays for parking, so I get to leave my car in the garage when I travel or there’s a blizzard). Drive home takes around 30-45 mins, depending on traffic and parking in my neighborhood.

  • AMDCer

    It seems like a lot of people mix modes, as do I. Usually (weather permitting) walk to work and bus home.

  • nightborn

    I either take the bus or walk, even if it takes longer than taking Metro. I avoid Metro as much as possible – every time I do, there are delays or a crazy crush of people. The bus can get crowded at times too, but somehow it feels worse on Metro.

    Speaking of the devil – Unsuck DC Metro shared someone’s pic this morning showing some sort of insect eggs in a train car. I just about lost my breakfast.

  • tom12hours

    From the results of the survey, I would conclude that the PoPville audience has continued to expand beyond the hipster community who were the early followers of Prince of Petworth.

    • saf

      Hm. I don’t know. I’ve been around since the beginning, and have never been described as a hipster. I think perhaps the more active commenters are younger, but there are, and have been, a lot of us middle-aged folks here.

  • jeff

    No selection for Uber/Lyft????

    • CODEL

      Do you really commute by uber or lyft? How much would that cost?

      • Jeff

        Absolutely, and I use Uber Pool to be exact. In my situation, I live close to work but not near a metro or in walking distance. If you add the payments, parking, gas, maintenance, and insurance, it’s a lot cheaper for me.

        • Anon Spock

          No buses nearby either.

        • Anon Spock

          No buses nearby either?

      • Caroline

        My Uber Pool commute costs about $15 one way. I don’t consider it an everyday option, but I’ll use it when I’m in a hurry and my girlfriend has the car.

  • ledroit

    It would be an interesting comparison but I’m surprised you’re doing this in two different times of the year. For many of us, especially those living and working in the District, how we commute in April is very different from Jan/Feb and this may be in ways that you may or may not expect.

    For example in winter months I don’t bike as much as I do during the rest of the year but I also prefer walking over metro and bus because I get queasy from sitting in the warm cars or a heated bus with multiple layers of clothing.

    I hope that everyone factors in the seasonal trends before they draw conclusions.

  • womp

    curious for all you bike commuters – how far is your commute (one way)?

    • Anon

      Around 20 mins.

    • gotryit

      about 45 mins

  • logandude

    No more commuting for me, thankfully, since my retirement.

  • soulshadow55

    I just depends on how I feel and if I’m running late. I walk to work in the morning but I usually catch the bus home at night, especially now in the cold and dark. In the spring and summer I walk to and from work Even though it’s close to me I never use the subway. And in the evenings and weekends I drive when I need to run errands or visit family.

  • textdoc

    I take Metro and rarely have problems with it, probably because I’m on the Green Line.

  • Missy

    I switched jobs which forced me to switch from walking to metro, but I hate it so much. Advice/must haves for bike commuting? It’s about 3 miles- Adams Morgan to NOMA so totally do able but I tend to be a bag lady with purse, lunch, and gym clothes so anything product recs for that + ways to avoid hat hair?

    • Anon

      I also bring lunch and gym clothes. Get a basket, put it on the back (the front interfered with slow-speed steadiness with any substantial weight) and buy those sneakers that only weigh 6-7 oz.

  • Kalorama Rez

    You are missing “I’m driven” (polishing nails emoji)


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