Two hours in traffic to get to work?

Canada
October 25, 2010 5:17pm CST
Theres a special on the news here about the awful situation of people being stuck in traffic to get to and from work every day. Apparently some people are really fed up as they have to sit in their cars for at least 2 hours before they get to work in the morning and its just as bad and sometimes worse in the evening when they get home. It has me thinking. What if there was a website that could find a person living at "A" who worked at "B" and exchange job with a person working at "B" but living at "A"?? Wouldnt it make sense? I personally know of 2 people who have to drive 2 hrs to get to work and if they were to change jobs, they would have a drive of 10 mins only. They're also in the same type of job. Do you see any problems to this? Wouldnt companies agree to the change if they know the person working will live close by and therefore not being late sometimes if there's an accident on the roads? Im thinking outloud here.....what do you think of such a website? What would be the pros and cons??
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@gdesjardin (1938)
• United States
27 Oct 10
When I lived up north I used to commute two hours to work one way. I actually choose to do that because I lived out in the country very cheap, and would travel down to Chicago to work. Of course if I could get a job with the same pay rate close to my house, then yes, I would definitely do that, but usually a lot of people live far away because the cost of living is cheaper.
• Canada
27 Oct 10
I did that also, moved to the country and had to travel but one day I could get a job at 10 mins and I jumped on it. I guess we cant have it all....cheap home and job nearby. Thanks!!
@dodo19 (27729)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
26 Oct 10
It's really sad to see how bad the traffic is sometimes. It can certainly be frustrating having to be in traffic so much. But there are just times, when we can't really do anything about it. All we can do is deal with the fact that we have to be in traffic in order to get to where we need.
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• Canada
26 Oct 10
Yes I know that. At times you just sit and go through the motion. Im lucky that I dont have to be in traffic to go to work as I work from home but I cant help feeling sorry for those who have to. Thanks!!
@savypat (20248)
• United States
26 Oct 10
Sounds god on paper. But truly no two jobs are exactly alike. Companies train there people to do it their way and perfer a person trained to do that job. Also how you like not to be hired, fired or transferred just because you lived to far away for the job site?
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• Canada
26 Oct 10
I know now, Ive been sleeping on it and it doesnt sound so good anymore. Im not saying that companies should fire people because they live too far. But now I know that its impossible. You have to take into consideration the salary, the fringe benefits, vacations, etc etc...it seemed like a good idea at the time lol. Thanks!!
• China
26 Oct 10
I think the traffic is one part of the life, do not complain , if you are afraid , I suggest you can buy one house in Bplace
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• Canada
26 Oct 10
I know that traffic is now a thing to stay unfortunately. Im not afraid. I work from home, so I dont have to be stuck in traffic anymore and Im so happy not to have to. Thanks for sharing!
@qianyun6 (2069)
• China
26 Oct 10
Hi,MagicalBubbles! That's very normal in Beijing. if you can spend less than 1 hour to get to work and also less than 1 hour to get back home, you'll be admired by your colleagues. And the above is the situation without considering possible traffic jam. Actually traffic jams happen everyday in Beijing. So I won't feel any surprise when I hear one was stuck in his/her car for 3-4 hour just for going to work.
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• Canada
26 Oct 10
We have such different ways of thinking but maybe its best to be admired in your country because you take so long to get to and from work. Here we're looked as fools for spending so much gas to get to and from work. I head that they tried to increase the price of gas in your country and because you all protested, they didnt. But its not the same here, we pay a lot for gas and so many are spending it all while sitting in their cars. Yes traffic jams are starting to become a real problem all over now. I used to be on my own on the highway 10 yrs ago, now that same highway is busy all the time, day or night. Thanks for sharing, I like to find out how it is in other countries also.
@youless (86560)
• Guangzhou, China
26 Oct 10
I can imagine how boring it can be to waste two hours on the way to work. This is why when we look for a job, we have to consider the location, too. Perhaps today the best public transportation will be the subway because the traffic jam won't happen to it. But the problem is today the subway is also very crowded even if the new subway arrives every minute. I love China
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• Canada
26 Oct 10
Im sure you have more public transportation in China then we have here in Canada. We live in a big country and we're not that many people hehe. There is no subway where I live, no public transportation per say. We all need our cars to go to work unless we live in a big city. Some suburbs will have buses but not out in the country. Its great that you like were you live!! Thanks!
@GardenGerty (90217)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Oct 10
This sounds like it would work on the same principle as the data bases that let people trade homes for vacations. They would have to WANT to be considered for a trade, and opt in. The down side that I see is that people will stay with a job that has some negatives, like a long commute, if the job has good benefits, or is a pleasant working environment.
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• Canada
26 Oct 10
Ive heard about those sites to exchange houses for vacations. Ive been sleeping on this idea and now I know I havent been thinking this through. You're right, theres the benefits to consider, the salary, and so much more. There must be a way, so many are really fed up with having to sit in their cars for hours just to go to work. Such a waste of time, not to mention the money spent on gas just sitting in your idling car!! Thanks, you brought up a good point!!