The Windy City has long been know for its heavy traffic and is routinely listed on reports as a city with one of the longest commutes in the United States. According to the 2009 U.S. Census, “the national, average commute time is just 25.1 minutes.” whereas the 2012 Travel Time Index reports an average commute time for Chicagoans is 35.6 min.
ShareASailers travel far and wide to get to and from work daily and we each have our own routine when it comes to journeying downtown with the rest of Chicago’s morning shufflers. For instance, it takes me exactly twelve minutes to walk to the train station, and rarely do I ever change up my route. Well, up until recently, and that only happened to avoid getting trapped in CTA’s rotating gate again… true story.
I polled the other 20 ShareASale team members to collect our very own official travel data statistics and found that on average, it takes us about 35-45 minutes to get to the office each day.
Now comes the fun part. As the majority of us relies on public transportation to get around the city, it’s important to find things that help make our commute more fun. Thus, I present you with…
Top 3 Things We Like To Do In Transit:
3. Read! – Zinio recently launched their affiliate program on ShareASale, and sells digital editions of printed publications that can be read both online and offline. They carry an assortment of magazines from news and travel to sports and entertainment. The best part? Subscriptions for under $10.99.
2. Listen to Music – aka a personal favorite of mine, as I’m often trolling blogs and the like to find new songs to listen to. Here are some tunes that you might hear us [trying to] sing.
– Call Your Girlfriend, Robyn
– California Dreamin’, The Mamas & the Papas (well just David & Nick on this one, sung in perfect two-part harmony)
1. People Watch – It is safe to say that Chicago’s transit system has several interesting characters in tow. I once spotted Wolverine and Gambit playing a game of cards on a lawn table… on the train.
Honorable Mentions: watch Hulu/Netflix, catch up on social media, listen to audio books, try not to get hit by cars.