Are you a "megacommuter"? The symptoms are getting up before dawn for a marathon trip in car or train or bus or vanpool to get to work. Then repeating the process when the day is over and maybe getting home after dark.
In the Bay Area, the megacommuter is not a rare breed. The Census Bureau reports the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont metro area has more workers than anywhere else in the country who travel at least 50 miles and 90 minutes (one way) to work.
The Census Bureau says 2.06 percent full-time workers in the region meet its definition for megacommuting. The New York City region is No. 2, with 1.90 percent, and the Washington, D.C., metro area is third, with 1.89.
The bureau says the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont region is also No. 1 for commute distance, again, with just over 2 percent of workers traveling more than 50 miles one way to get to work. In second place, with 1.9 percent of workers traveling at least 50 miles, is the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area.
Looking for the most punishing long distance commute in the region? It would be hard to beat the trip from the San Joaquin Valley (i.e., Central Valley) into the Bay Area. The Census ranks the trip from San Joaquin County, which includes the city of Stockton, to Alameda County as one of the ten busiest megacommute routes in the United States, with an average distance of 61 miles and average trip time of 104 minutes.