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So I commute to Westchase every day (BMC Campus). Takes about 30-45 minutes to get there in the mornings, assuming I leave after 8am...about 45 minutes to an hour to get home if I leave at 5pm (which is rare). The earlier I leave the worse the traffic in the morning...the later I leave the better the traffic in the evening. After 6:30 it takes me about 20 minutes to get home so I usually stay and work or work out.

Oddly enough, as far as the "far-flung" burbs go, Cypress is about as close to the Westchase District as Katy is. You wouldn't think so, but it is, commute-wise. Sugar Land is much closer than either one. But much closer still means 20-30 minutes in traffic.

Just ranting...what about your commute?

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12 miles, 25 minutes, from Cinco Ranch to Westchase District (Westheimer and Wilcrest area) due East and West on Westheimer and Westheimer Parkway.

I am usually getting on the road about 7:10 and heading home about 4:45 on average.

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I'm in outside sales, so it depends on where I'm heading that morning. The office is downtown, but I try to skip it when I can. Luckily, I can avoid peak travel times on most days. :)

249 & Louetta --> Downtown 25-30 minutes each way

My husband works near Uptown Park & must travel at peak times.

249 & Louetta --> Post Oak 40 minutes (when he avoids 290)

Post Oak --> 249 & Louetta 1 hour :angry2:

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10-15 minutes from Eastwood to Allen Pkwy at Waugh, pretty much regardless of time of day.

My commute rant: tonight me and a number of collegues from our midwestern offices have to go to Katy for dinner at one of the exec's houses. He is very proud of his million dollar home on the golf course.

Is it me, or is it bad form to bring in out-of-towners in for meetings, who are scattered between downtown and uptown in different hotels, most w/o rental cars, and then rather than meet for dinner near the office, expect them to drive an hour in traffic (or be shuttled by moi) during rush hour out to the burbs for a weeknight meal?? And then, not be able to relax and enjoy a couple of drinks because you've go to drive back across town. It's looking like we can't even get orgnanized enough to take the right amount of people per car and be able to use the HOV. Grrrr! WTF?? There's a reason we have all those delicious steakhouses downtown--for business dinners! If we have to be that tight about the enterntainment budget, they should be using the technology we already have, and not fly people in to sit around a table in the first place. Grr!!!

Sorry. :blush: rant over now.

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I like this question. It's interesting to see the responses. Unfortunately my departure and arrival times differ each day but drive times have only increased each year I live in this area.

Spring-Cypress/249 to Downtown

(before 6:00 am): 32 miles = 40 minutes

(6:00am to 6:30am): 32 miles = 45/55 minutes

(after 6:30am): 32 miles = 50/60 minutes (occasionally over an hour)

(before 5:00 pm): 32 miles = 40/45 minutes

(5:00 to 6:00 pm): 32 miles = 50/60 minutes (occasionally over an hour)

(after 6:00pm): 32 miles = 40/45 minutes

***4-5 Years Ago I could drive to work in under 35 minutes no matter what time I left. And I could get home in under 45 minutes no matter what time I left.

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Heights to Woodway/S. Post Oak - 5.5 miles - 11-15 minutes morning / 15-18 minutes evening (or longer if I try leaving right at 5).

Mrs. Porchman's - 15 feet from bedroom to office. Poor woman, she does it before she has her coffee. (That's an additional 30 feet)

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I find a lot of people exaggerate how short their commutes are. I have a friend who lives in Missouri City and works in Midtown. He claims its a 20 minute drive but I drove it with no traffic and it took 40 minutes easy - and I drove from Rice which is maybe 5-10 minutes closer to his place than his job is.

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I find a lot of people exaggerate how short their commutes are.

It probably depends on the time you drive it.

Like I posted, my Cypress to Uptown commute takes 30 minutes in the morning. But I leave my house at 530 am. If I left at 700, it would take 2-3 times that.

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West U to Bellaire (Weslayan to Fournace Place/610) 1.9 miles about 5 mins. I get up/eat breakfast/shower at 7:15a and I'm at work by 8:05. :lol: It's a beautiful thing.

I do feel for you people with the long commutes when I hear the traffic reports "50 mins on 290 from Barker Cyprus"...."45 mins from Katy to the loop"....

I fill up my gas tank about once every 2 weeks or so....

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For the last 13 years, Heights to Spring via I45 27 miles took about 35 minutes in the morning and 45 minutes coming home. Two months ago our office moved to Greenway Plaza area, now 7 miles, 15 minutes in the morning, 20 going home. And much less stressful.

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Greatwood (Sugar Land) to Riverway (Woodway/I-610) - via 59 North to 610 North

23 Miles

Leave Before 7:15am - 35 minutes

Leave Between 7:15am and 8:00am - 45 minutes

Leave After 8:00am - 30 minutes

Leave Before 5:00pm - 35 minutes

Leave Between 5:00 and 6:00 - 40 minutes

Leave After 6:00 - 30 minutes

The recent completion of construction on 59 has reduced my commute by at least 10 minutes each way!

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I find a lot of people exaggerate how short their commutes are. I have a friend who lives in Missouri City and works in Midtown. He claims its a 20 minute drive but I drove it with no traffic and it took 40 minutes easy - and I drove from Rice which is maybe 5-10 minutes closer to his place than his job is.

My commute times are obsessively measured and cataloged using the "Elapsed Time" function of my car's trip computer.

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20 Minutes... The Heights to Southeast Houston... and I work all different hours so I never have to deal with rush hours which is nice.

Rice Hotel to Chase Tower: 15 seconds if I run quickly

So lucky... I wish I could live and work Downtown.

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Mrs. Porchman's - 15 feet from bedroom to office. Poor woman, she does it before she has her coffee. (That's an additional 30 feet)

Mrs. CDeb has a similar gig....about 6 ft from the bed to the desk.

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South Union to Westchase - 17 miles in approx 15-20 minutes, regardless of what time I leave (anytime between 7 am and 9 am). Same for the ride home...unless I leave work early for some reason (before 7pm), at which time inbound traffic on 59 sucks. The reverse commute is a good thing.

Worst part of the ride in the morning is the 5-7 minute drive up 288 to 59.

Worst part of the ride in the evening is having to drive through 3 traffic lights.

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20 minutes each way, Midtown to Galena Park

As crazy as it is though, I do work DT some days, and it's either 30 minutes door to door (lights, parking garage, walk, elevators) or 25 to take the MetroRail - so rail it is, but it takes me longer to go 2 miles than it does to go 15... frustrating

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I have an easy, SMOOOTH 12 mile roundtrip commute. Riverside to Downtown. I'm a full time student at UHD. I take SH 288 North from N. MacGregor to US 59 North, exit to I-10 West, swoop under the Elysian viaduct and exit at N. Main, then turn right onto N. Main to the parking lot. I usually schedule my classes to begin late in the morning (after 10am) to beat the morning traffic. Takes about 10 min to cover the 6 miles from home to school and vice versa. It may take as long as 20-25 mins via freeway to get back to Riverside in a semester that I have my last class let out during rush hour, during one of the mid afternoon outbound bottlenecks at the SH 288 South/US 59 South split, or whenever there's a major accident blocking some lanes. In those cases, I'll just take Scott, Dowling, San Jacinto, or Almeda Rd back to Riverside, depending on what section of highway I encounter the slowdown. Using one of those surface roads will save me about 5 mins during bad freeway traffic.

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I did a rare thing yesterday and took the 1-10 HOV. Got on right at 6 pm and was at the Grand Parkway light at 6:30. Is that usual for the HOV? If so, commuting might not be so bad it you carpool every day.

Saw how the other half lives out on Rossner Road. Something Lakes Point. Amazing. The homes are around a pretty big lake, 1-acre lots, minimum 7,000 sg ft(guessing) mediterranean style houses. All I could think was, this is the kind of place Tony Soprano would live. The SARS-mask guy lives across the lake from my boss. Some of the houses have big wooden docks on the fake lake, with big sloping lawns from their pools down to the water. Wow.

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Who is the SARS-mask guy?

Some guy who invented a special face-mask to keep SARS away. Or at least I've been told. As the lore has it, a single, not quite 40 year old guy who never has to work again. Could have sworn I saw him mentioned on HAIF a time or two.

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About 1.5 miles but takes 5 to sometimes 10 minutes to drive right before 9 and right after 5. The worst part (the two to three minute lull) is the light at Richmond and Montrose :rolleyes:

Ah, but that allows you time to really get to know the panhandlers who are always hanging out at that intersection. <_<

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Old job 15 minutes, against traffic

New job 35 minutes and that is AGAINST traffic, both ways ! About to cut it down to 25 minutes though because I am buying a house in Hearthstone.

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South Union to Westchase - 17 miles in approx 15-20 minutes, regardless of what time I leave (anytime between 7 am and 9 am). Same for the ride home...unless I leave work early for some reason (before 7pm), at which time inbound traffic on 59 sucks. The reverse commute is a good thing.

Worst part of the ride in the morning is the 5-7 minute drive up 288 to 59.

Worst part of the ride in the evening is having to drive through 3 traffic lights.

Do you have a helicopter or a hovercraft? You are saying from the 288 and 59 interchange you at your workplace in 9 to 14 minutes in the morning in the Westchase District. And anytime between 7 and 9 AM.

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Using the trip computer in my car, I see:

Eastwood to Williams Tower (around 8AM): 13-15 min

Williams Tower to Eastwood (around 5.30-6PM): 20-30 min

The evening backup on 59 northbound near the downtown spur is maddening. Morning rush is usually very nice.

Occasionally I go to an office downtown and what used to take 5-7 minutes from Eastwood now takes 10-12 minutes since the downtown lights were retimed. Crosstown lights are a complete mess all of the time now.

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