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February 28, 2019

Fauquier commuters face nation’s 2nd-highest costs

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Morning traffic on Route 29 in the New Baltimore area.
It will come as no surprise to Fauquier’s 20,000 or so road warriors.

They face some of the nation’s longest and most-expensive commutes — $13,813 and 352 hours annually, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Only those in Charles County, Md., face longer and more expensive commutes:

The commuters who face the highest costs aren’t coming from the suburbs of New York City or San Francisco. These commuters live within 65 miles of Washington.

Workers from Charles County, in southern Maryland, spent 388 hours — or just under two and a half weeks — on average, traveling to and from work in 2017, according to Bloomberg analysis of U.S. Census data.

Residents in Fauquier County and Stafford County in Virginia, more than 35 miles (56 kilometers) from Washington, face similar commuting costs.

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Jimbowski · March 6, 2019 at 1:14 pm
where did my comment go ?
AngryBob · March 4, 2019 at 9:10 am
And the state's solution? HOT lanes. Make it so expensive that people can't afford to drive anymore. I guarantee it's going start out at $40/day to ride the toll lanes from Gainesville to the beltway (it's $32 a day from McLean to 395). And just wait another 10, 20, 30 years. The state is not allowed to add non-toll lanes for the next EIGHTY YEARS.

It also won't always be free for carpools. The state pays the tolls for carpools now and that will most certainly stop in a few years.

Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Terry McAwful all conned us into a rotten deal.

Mark House · March 3, 2019 at 8:16 pm
Thankful for Podcasts to help the trip not seem like such a daily drudge. Only 5 more years.......

Savefauquiecounty2019 - Teachers aren't the only one who bring work home. With our hyper-connected world most professionals never get away from the 'job".
Savefauquiercounty2019 · March 2, 2019 at 7:48 pm
Jim, so are you saying our teachers don't spend any monies on travel? Prince William teachers who live in PW, do you think they travel 29? And should we now equate all the overtime in their salaries they haven't been paid ? During class room instruction they can't accept calls from parents. When do you think Jim they call parents? After hours. They only have a few planning days a year? When do you think they work on lesson plans, grading? Copying materials? Meetings?
Jimbowski · March 2, 2019 at 11:32 am
Sounds like Fauquier teachers save $14000 a year by working in the County school system. That should be factored in when comparing teachers salaries to other counties.
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