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Surge in People Dealing With LA Commutes Over 90 Minutes

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Number of LA residents dealing with commute times over 90 minutes surges

LOS ANGELES (Curbed LA) — The number of so-called “super-commuters” in LA County rose 22 percent between 2009 and 2017. In Los Angeles County, where residents deal with demoralizing congestion and not-so-reliable public transit options , more than 150,000 people now spend 90 minutes or longer commuting to work in each direction.

That’s according to a new report from Apartment List , mined from census data, that focuses on a nationwide increase in so-called “super-commuters,” who spend upwards of 15 hours each week traveling to-and-from work.

Such employees have long been a staple of the East Coast workforce, where the downtown cores of cities like New York and Washington, D.C. draw in commuters from far-flung suburbs every weekday morning. Such long commutes are rarer on the West Coast, though the study suggests that may be changing.

As sprawling as Los Angeles may be, its share of super-commuters—now about 3.6 percent of the total workforce—is only slightly higher than that of the entire nation (2.9 percent). But commute […]

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