Plight Of The Megacommuter

Rebecca Davis O’Brien confesses she’s “one of the nearly six hundred thousand Americans who travel at least fifty miles and ninety minutes to and from a full-time job each day”:

I am fortunate to have a job that I love, for which I am willing to spend roughly fifteen hours a week as a prisoner of my car, and an editor who lets me work from home when I am on the cusp of vehicular manslaughter. Even so, I am often overwhelmed by diffuse resentment—of my job, which is beyond the reach of New Jersey’s public transportation system; of my grad-student husband, who walks each day to the campus library; of my city friends, with their smug MetroCards.