(1 of ) (Kent Porter / Press Democrat )
(2 of ) (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)
(3 of ) Lindsay Peak: I commute from Ukiah to Santa Rosa almost daily. What's a blessing about the commute is the reversed traffic. It's rarely over an hour drive. A straight shot. Having all this time in the car to think about how to not be in the car reminds me of a "Seinfeld" episode. I wonder if I'll be looking through obituaries to find an apartment like Elaine.
(4 of ) Joe Bootier: I had worked at Agilent in Santa Rosa for 8 years and in 2014, when Keysight spun off from Agilent, my position was eliminated. My commute used to be 5 minutes each way. Now I work mainly in San Francisco. I take a bus that takes me 90 minutes in the morning and 2-3 hours in the evening, depending on traffic. I think Caltrans, the state and counties did it all wrong. My commute, even by bus, is unsustainable. Why is it taking so long to widen the narrows? The Smart Train is a step in the right direction, but for me, even when it extends to Larkspur, it is not far enough. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)
(5 of ) Greg Glavich: I used to commute between Ukiah and the job site, which was anywhere from Santa Rosa to Salinas and in the Valley, always amazed at what others were doing in their cars. I'm sure some people just don't realize they're not invisible — the nose picking, "re-arranging" their private parts, wildly gesturing while talking on the phone, relieving one's bladder into a cup/bottle — you name it. …Now my office is exactly one mile from my house— a two-minute commute. Two stop signs and done!
(6 of ) Alma Tapia: I live in southwest Santa Rosa and I travel to Sonoma State University everyday. I hate it. I think it's ridiculous to spend 20-30 minutes to travel 9.5 miles on the freeway. If I take the back roads it is still even longer because of all the unnecessary three second stop lights in town. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)
(7 of ) Amy Douglas: I have been commuting from Santa Rosa to San Mateo and/or South San Francisco since 2003. I usually have to get on the road early, no later than 5:45 a.m., to not get stuck in the endless traffic. As long as there are no weather constraints...traffic is fine until you get that one fender bender and then your morning takes a turn... I can make it to the office around 7:45-8 a.m. Going home is always a 2 to 2 1/2 hour journey. There is nothing I can do to change that time. (PD FILE)
(8 of ) Kate McLaughlin: I have a long commute. I commute daily, M-F, from Santa Rosa to Mill Valley. I teach in the Mill Valley school district. I leave Santa Rosa between 6:15 am and 6:30 a.m. to arrive by 7:30-7:45 a.m.. The worst time to commute is Friday afternoon. I have had 3-hour rides on holiday weekends or during rain storms. (PD FILE)
(9 of ) Brutal traffic, mellow drivers: There’s no getting around this one. Traffic is brutal in the North Bay. But there’s a silver lining: locals seem fairly laid back about the whole situation. West county drivers seem nicer than their Midwestern counterparts, showing their generous spirit from inside a hybrid or Subaru wagon. Coming from Chicago, where crossing an intersection often felt like a risky proposal, I’ve found local drivers to be remarkably friendly to pedestrians. (Kent Porter/Press Democrat)
(10 of ) Wendy Sternberg: After three years of commuting from Santa Rosa to Petaluma, using a combination of my car and bicycle (drove to the Cotati park & ride, then biked to Petaluma), I got a job in town to which I walk! I took a huge pay cut, but the quality of my life is so much better now!
(11 of ) Thierry Duplenne: Been commuting from my bed to my workstation for the last 15 years - did not notice anything special, except tripping on the living room rug once.
(12 of ) Matt Quinn: After 10 years of commuting from Santa Rosa to Corte Madera, leaving before 5 am and getting home around 7:30... I took a pay cut, and regained 4 hours of my life a day. I have seen endless accidents, idiots on the roads, horrendous infrastructure failures, and road construction that never ends. As well as an empty failure of a train. My commute is now 1 mile. My bank account isn't a fan of the switch, but life is better, and I now have time to stop and smell the craft brew instead of exhaust and anger. (Kent Porter)
(13 of ) Chris Elmenhurst: I used to have to commute long hours but now it's about a 10 second walk. I have a lot of time on my hands now.
(14 of ) Terry Gardezy: 25-30 minutes to go 4.5 miles within Santa Rosa at 5pm. Coddingtown area to a little south of Costco.
(15 of ) Leanne Brown: Old Courthouse Square reunification has ruined my commute of getting my son to Santa Rosa High School. Such a complete and utter waste of money and my time! (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)
(16 of ) Brian Montanez: I've been commuting up the Highway 12 corridor from Santa Rosa to Sonoma for five years now. A lot of people say it's such a journey, but I used to commute to San Francisco from San Rafael. I'd take one lane of gorgeous vineyards for 20 miles over four lanes, bumper to bumper on 101 any day. It takes me about 30-40 minutes depending on time of day and if a truck full of wine barrels is ahead of me or not. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)
(17 of ) Jason Cubio: I've been commuting 20 years from Santa Rosa to all over the Bay Area, and every year it gets worse! More people are leaving work when we construction workers leave! It's to the point where we're starting at 5 a.m. now just to get off at 1 p.m. to beat the traffic home. Thursdays are now just like Fridays, commute-wise. Here's the best part — when I started my career in 1996, they were just starting that stupid Highway 101 widening project. 20 years later and I'm still sitting in it. I work in south San Francisco now, and if I leave there at 2 p.m., it takes two hours to go 70 miles, and one hour of that is just to go from the Novato narrows to Rohnert Park — the fourth worst area to commute now in Northern California. Look it up! (The Press Democrat)
(18 of ) Jeff Rotham: I commute from Santa Rosa to Novato daily. I’m fortunate in that I get to do my commute on a motorcycle…. It’s amazing some of the things I get to see and experience as a motorcycle rider that I never got as a cager. Cager is what we call car drivers. I can smell perfume, cigars, cigarettes, pot smokers, booze drinkers and animals. I see people texting, drinking, eating from bowls and once I saw someone steering with their knees and playing the ukulele. I swear, it’s true….If the weather is nice and I don’t have anything planned for the evening, I’ll head out to the coast and take the long way home. We have some very scenic, twisty roads all over Marin and Sonoma County — a motorcycle rider’s paradise.
(19 of ) Gary Sciford: I have a degree and certifications as well as expertise in compliance (utilities (alternative energy) and financial services). This is for those idiots who say that Sonoma County is desperate for qualified job seekers and jobs go wanting:
1. Catch the 72 south to San Francisco, then BART to San Bruno and walk 1/4 mile to the office (utilities compliance) — 3 hours each way.
2. Catch the 72 south to San Francisco, then BART to Walnut Creek, then shuttle bus to the office (PMO director / compliance) — three hours each way
This is because Sonoma County does NOT have professional jobs or salaries.
(BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)