POUND RIDGE, N.Y. - How long does it take you to get to work, Pound Ridge?
Pound Ridge’s Rossanna Bressler wrote on The Daily Voice Facebook page, “It takes hubby three hours to get to work in the city every day, driving.” Fellow resident Jay Bodycheck wrote, “I drive to Queens. It takes me about 45-55 minutes at about 6 o’clock in the morning.”
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released figures showing that the national average for a one-way daily commute is 25.5 minutes. One in four commuters travels to another county for employment.
Larry Goodwin reports that his commute via Metro-North and the New York City subway takes two hours each way. But Hope Ross Mazzola drives seven minutes, or 8½ if she hits red lights, and comments, “Cheers to the perfect commute.”
Nearly 2 percent of of the workforce travels an hour or longer in one direction. About 4.5 percent work at home. New York State has the highest rate of long commutes, according to the bureau’s report, and New York City has the highest percentage of workers traveling to another county.
“The average travel time for workers who commute by public transportation is higher than that of workers who use other modes,” said Brian McKenzie, of the Census Bureau. “For some workers, using public transit is a necessity, but others simply choose a longer travel time over sitting in traffic.”
Since Pound Ridge is not directly linked to a rail line, many New York City commuters go to New Canaan, Mount Kisco, Bedford Hills, Katonah, Stamford or North White Plains for a train connection. Parking space is precious at practically every station.