Jammed up: The growing pains of the reverse commute

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This morning, NPR’s “Morning Edition” took a look at the growing headaches of reverse commuters right here in Chicago. There’s some juicy info in the piece, including 70 percent of the RTA region’s jobs now lay outside of the “urban core” of Chicago and the number of reverse commuters has grown by 64 percent over the last decade.

As someone who made that commute for nearly six years before joining the Chicago Sun-Times earlier this month, I have All The Stories: There was the time it barely snowed, and it still took me four hours to get home from Algonquin, and the time I was run off the road on my way to work in the morning and rolled my car three times. Also, why is I-90 at a standstill until you hit Harlem pretty much every day? And why is traffic always so bad on Thursdays? What’s happening in the city on a THURSDAY?The only solution is to commute at odd hours of the day. And to share your reverse-commuting horror stories below.

Tell us how far you commute and where traffic is worst for you. Leave a comment, or open up our interactive map and place a balloon on your workplace.

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Marcus Gilmer and Brandon Wall contributed to this post.

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