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Lewisboro, How Long Is Your Commute?

The U.S. Census Bureau found New Yorkers had the highest number of long commutes in the nation.
The U.S. Census Bureau found New Yorkers had the highest number of long commutes in the nation. Photo Credit: file

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – How long does it take you to get to work, Lewisboro?

Nearby resident Rossanna Bressler wrote on The Daily Voice Facebook page, “It takes hubby three hours to get to work in the city every day, driving.” 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 Mazzola drives seven minutes, or 8½ minutes 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.”

Many Lewisboro Metro-North commuters heading to New York City go to Goldens Bridge, Purdys, Croton Falls, Bedford Hills, Katonah or North White Plains for a train connection. Parking space is precious at practically every station.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Lewisboro is not directly linked to a rail line. Lewisboro is directly linked to a rail line in Goldens Bridge.

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