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Risk of Anxiety Higher When You Do Too Much of This

Sitting's bad rap continues

(Newser) - If you sit too much throughout the day—behind the wheel, at your desk, or on the couch—you may be increasing your risk of developing an anxiety disorder. So report researchers in Australia this month in the journal BMC Public Health after they reviewed nine studies on the issue... More »

$310K Raised for Guy Who Walks 21 Miles to Work

James Robertson gets a new Ford Taurus, too

(Newser) - The story of a Detroit man who walks 21 miles round-trip to work has just taken a turn for the better, the Detroit Free Press reports. Thanks to a banker, a college student, and a car dealer, 56-year-old James Robertson will be able to take a load off. It started... More »

$185K Raised for Man Who Walks 21 Miles to Work

Detroit Free Press story on James Robertson proves life-changing

(Newser) - The Detroit Free Press ran a front-page story this weekend about a man who walks 21 miles a day to and from work—and it's proving both the power of the press and the warmth of the human heart. The story caught the attention of a student at Wayne... More »

Detroit Man's Commute Is 21 Miles— on Foot

'Free Press' story spurs crowdfunding effort

(Newser) - At 8am, it's time for James Robertson, 56, to leave for work—for a job that starts at 2pm. That's because he makes much of the 23-mile journey on foot, resulting in a 21-mile round-trip walk every day, the Detroit Free Press reports. His car broke down about... More »

Phoenix Drenched in Record 1-Day Rainfall

Flash flooding covers Ariz. freeways, snarls commute

(Newser) - Storms that flooded several Phoenix-area freeways and numerous local streets during this morning's commute set an all-time record for rainfall in Phoenix in a single day. The National Weather Service recorded 2.99 inches of rain by about 7am, breaking the old record of 2.91 inches set in... More »

Bicycle Commuting Stats Surge, Still Pretty Pathetic

There are 60% more people biking to work, but that's still not very many people

(Newser) - Bicycle commuting is on the rise! It's just not rising very far. The number of Americans who bike to work has surged an impressive-sounding 60% over the past decade, a bigger increase percentage-wise than any other mode of transportation, according to a new Census Bureau report spotted by USA ... More »

Commuting Could Destroy Your Marriage

Longer rides linked to higher break-up risk: study

(Newser) - If it takes you or your partner 45 minutes or more to get to work, treat your marriage with care: It's 40% more likely to fall apart, according to Swedish researchers whose nationwide study looked at couples from 1995 to 2005. You may, however, have less to worry about... More »

New York Subway Rolls Again, Eases Commute Misery

Commuters line up hour before system opens

(Newser) - The majority of New York's subway rolled back into action today—and commuters can ride it, along with commuter trains and buses, for free, thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's declaration of a transportation emergency, the New York Post reports. But it's not yet smooth commuting:
  • Subways weren'
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Cities With Worst Commutes

Surprise, surprise: New York City is No. 1

(Newser) - It takes the average American 25.3 minutes to get to work, whether by car or public transportation, according to new Census figures. But some cities are worse than others, and MarketWatch pulls out the 10 top offenders:
  1. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island: 34.6 minutes
  2. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria: 33.9 minutes
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America's 75 Worst Commutes

How does your 'highway to hell' rank?

(Newser) - We all know LA has a traffic problem, but Honolulu? It's No. 2 in the nation, finds the Daily Beast , which crunched the numbers to rank America's 75 worst commutes. Some of the highlights:
  • No. 3, Capital Beltway, Washington, DC: This slow moving route totals an average of 194 hours
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Scots Eye Water Bus as Commute Option

'Amfibus' could replace ferry on River Clyde

(Newser) - A $1.1 million amphibious bus is one of the options Scottish authorities are considering to replace ferry service between two towns on the River Clyde near Glasgow. The “amfibus” looks like the average bus on the road, but has a hull and twin jets that power it through... More »

Latest SF Bridge Snafu Sparks Fear, Anger

Commuter inconvenience only most immediate after cable snaps

(Newser) - Today’s revelation that high winds caused a recent repair to come undone and shut down the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for 24 hours—and counting—has area commuters worried not only for their safety but also about how well state officials are spending tax dollars in the ongoing construction... More »

Brutal Commute Awaits SF as Bridge Remains Closed

(Newser) - An unexpected hiccup means the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will remain closed through tomorrow—and a potential nightmare commute for the 260,000 who use the span daily, the Contra Costa Times reports. The bridge was closed Thursday night so workers could replace a 300-foot section, but during the project... More »

Drivers Call LA Commute Nation's Most 'Painful'

City tops IBM's 'commuter pain index'

(Newser) - Los Angelenos may have fun in the sun, but they suffer the worst commutes, Reuters reports. An IBM survey of 4,446 motorists found that LA commuters ranked their morning drive highest on a "commuter pain index," which measures traffic, stress, anger, and other factors. Though Los Angeles... More »

It's Official: The 4-Day Week Works

Utah shows economic, environmental, and health benefits from new scheme

(Newser) - A year ago, Utah’s governor instituted a 4-day, 10-hour-a-day workweek for some 17,000 state employees—and the results so far show big benefits, GOOD reports:
  • Closed offices on Fridays have cut energy use by 13% and reduced the state’s carbon footprint by some 6,000 metric tons—
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Cheney Says Bush Erred in Not Pardoning Libby

(Newser) - Dick Cheney believes disgraced former chief of staff Scooter Libby, convicted in the CIA leak investigation, deserved a pardon, the Weekly Standard reports. “He was the victim of a serious miscarriage of justice,” the former vice president said. “Obviously, I disagree with President Bush.” Bush’s... More »

Public Transit Returns to Baghdad

Commuter train has run for a month, mayor proposes subway system

(Newser) - After years of destabilizing violence, Baghdad has a commuter train again, the LA Times reports. For about a month, the “Baghdad Metro,” as employees call it, has made two complete trips around the city in the morning and afternoon for the benefit of working Iraqis who have to... More »

Engineer Sent Texts Just Before Crash

Feds find message 22 seconds ahead of fatal Sept. 12 train wreck

(Newser) - The engineer steering the Metrolink train that crashed last month sent a text message 22 seconds before the fatal collision, the Los Angeles Times reports. Robert M. Sanchez sent 29 text messages Sept. 12, a federal investigation reveals. The commuter train ran through a red signal and hit a freight... More »

LA Train Crash Toll at 18; Passengers Still Trapped

135 injured; federal investigation planned

(Newser) - The death toll in the Los Angeles train crash yesterday rose to 18 this morning, with 135 injured and more passengers still trapped inside train cars. Crews worked through the night to tear apart the metal to reach passenger spaces. "There's human beings in there and it's going to... More »

The Good in $4 Gas

Less obesity, traffic, and accidents, for starters

(Newser) - The rest of the world may have thought it would never happen, but energy prices are beginning to change Americans' behavior. Time notes some positive aspects:
  1. Jobs lost to globalization return, because energy costs make international shipping unattractive.
  2. Suburban sprawl is slowing as people choose to live closer to cities.
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