McClister's Commute

A reporter accompanies a typical Washington area commuter as he starts his commute before dawn.

"Charles McClister drives barely a mile from his new townhouse community, past an office park and a cluster of highway hotels, merges onto the interstate and, bam, there it is: the first traffic jam of his day. The sun is still tucked beneath the horizon, but the sky ahead of him already glows with the red bursts of taillights.

Calm by nature, McClister is getting a bit edgy...

Nearly a quarter of Washington area residents spend more than an hour getting from home to work, according to a new Washington Post poll. For 25 percent of commuters, it takes between a half-hour and an hour."

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

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