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By Lenore Skomal Erie Times-News staff blogger
Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website www.lenoreskomal.net.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: February 28th, 2012
Super commuters: Number of workers traveling 200 miles one way to work on the rise

Thank the economy, thank technology, thank the lousy housing market for it, but more people are taking jobs hundreds of miles away from home, swelling the ranks of the phenom known as “super commuting.”

According to a study released by the Rudin Center for Transportation at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, more people are “commuting long distance by air, rail, car, bus, or a combination of modes.”

The typical super commuter is under 29, travels to work on a Monday, stays close to the office during the week and then travels home on Fridays. While this in and of itself isn’t something new, the numbers of those opting for this lifestyle is on the rise, indicating to researchers that this has become a trend. At least in 8 of the 10 largest metropolitan areas of the country.

“Simply put, the workplace is no longer fixed in one location, but rather where the worker is situated,” the Rudin Center report says.

“Super-commuters are well-positioned to take advantage of higher salaries in one region and lower housing costs in another,” the report says.

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