How was your commute today?

Its the first day back for many people today after summer vacations. The first day of school for kids, the first day of work for adults.

To celebrate, the WashPost went all hyperbole with its Commuters’ Vacations to End With a Screeching of Brakes story in the Metro section, scaring us with:

Add that to the 1.73 million people who drive to work alone, population growth that has outpaced spending on roads and transit, and general post-vacation doldrums, and the region’s traffic snarls will resume where they left off before the start of summer.

According to census figures for last year, the Washington region’s average commute was the second-longest in the United States, at more than 33 minutes each way.

But is that what you experienced today? I sure didn’t. My commute to work was a breeze and heading home shouldn’t be a problem either.

How did your trip go? Did you get Brownpau luck too?

4 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

    My trip through town was largely unusual today, actually. Kind of surprising, honestly, given that it’s Terrible Tuesday…

  2. Don (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 4:03 pm

    I was driving from Crystal City to Herndon today (my commute isn’t always the same) and it was actually way better than that drive usually is, not worse.

  3. KCinDC (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

    Well, I haven’t left my apartment, so I can’t comment on traffic, but this Terrible Tuesday business seems like a pretty stupid news hook. I’ve heard no argument that there are higher traffic levels, just that they should be returning to normal, so why should that cause chaos?

  4. A (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

    My commute on Metro sucked. Seven minutes between trains? Why oh why?

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