Well, this isn’t too surprising, in light of gas prices: In another month or two, Americans will be driving less for the first time since 1980. Higher gasoline costs are leading to less travel.
Commutes continue to get longer, as there’s less and less affordable housing outside the cities where the jobs are. The average commute for New Jerseyans is 28.5 minutes each way. That’s my average on days where I don’t hit traffic, doing around 60 mph.
But those days are few and far between, and usually it takes me 35-40 minutes in each direction. On very bad days, it can take me an hour or more, but luckily that hasn’t been often — watch, I just jinxed myself for tomorrow morning!