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Sucky commute? Turn the rage into action at new website

Posted by on May 15th, 2009 at 9:54 am

Screen shot from MyCommuteSucks.org

“Don’t you wish there were a place where you could just vent all your transportation troubles? Well, the wait is over. Let it all out and take action.”

That’s the battle cry from MyCommuteSucks.org, a new site launched today by non-profit group Transportation For America.

According to E-advocacy Coordinator Stephen Davis, the core purpose of the site is to share and read awful commute stories and then contact Congress to urge them to improve the system (there’s also a section for good commute stories, but ranting is where the passion is).

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T4 America is currently on the front lines of a battle to lobby Congress to create a more balanced national transportation system as they work to allocate hundreds of billions of dollars in the upcoming re-write of the Transportation Bill.

Here’s more about the site:

“…you can get in touch with Congress, vent your daily frustrations, upload photos and video, read and rate the stories of other troubled commuters, and learn more about how the transportation policy they cook up in Washington affects the lives of so many millions of people, whether they drive, ride, or walk their way to work, school, appointments, and life.

…How about we make sure transportation actually makes sense for a change? Every six years, Congress sets new transportation priorities, targeting billions of dollars that will shape our communities for generations. Now’s our chance to make sure they finally get it right.”

If you’re on Twitter, you can tweet stories directly to the site with #mycommutesucks and you can follow @mycommutesucks.

I wonder if this could backfire. What if a ton of people, tired of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, clamor for more and wider highways?

Share your stories and take action at MyCommuteSucks.org.

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  • John Lascurettes May 15, 2009 at 10:14 am

    I wonder if this could backfire. What if a ton of people, tired of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, clamor for more and wider highways?

    That’s exactly what it looks like at first glance when you go to the page. I thought it was a place for cagers to scream for more 12 lane bridges.

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  • aljee May 15, 2009 at 10:41 am

    “I wonder if this could backfire. What if a ton of people, tired of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, clamor for more and wider highways?”

    hahaha, good point, there should be a counterpoint to the site, so i can talk about how awesome my commute is because i don’t have to drive. no traffic, ever. since moving from Dallas, we spend maybe a tenth of what we used to on transportation.

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  • Allison May 15, 2009 at 10:46 am

    [a bit sheepish] I love my commute. I take bike boulevards almost all the way home and smile brightly at all my fellow pedalers.

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  • Zaphod May 15, 2009 at 10:50 am

    I hate to sound uptight but the name precludes it from being referenced in a public forum. No senator is going to say, “As referenced on ‘mycommutesucks’ …”

    Part of the message is packaging.

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  • Joe May 15, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Thanks, i can use this.. today i hit a dang
    construction cone in the bike lane.. fun!
    I use to race with these nightmare all over the road, was able to stay upright this morning….


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  • mmann May 15, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I think it would be great if a bunch of people who bike commute and love it posted those positive comments on the site. I want to believe that positive bike commute comments my have more impact on transportation decisions than a truck-load of whining drivers.

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  • Alexis May 15, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    That website is just people who chose to live 40 miles from their job whining about how long it takes to go that 40 miles.

    I don’t hate my commute, although it’s uphill in the morning haha. I go a mile and a half. My apartment is more expensive but I live a car-free lifestyle.

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