ROSEVILLE — At 5 a.m., a time of the day when lots of his neighbors are nonetheless asleep, Peter Whiteside is beginning his every day 30 mile journey—and that’s simply the primary a part of his commute.
“It takes an enormous chunk out of my day, clearly,” Whiteside stated. “My spouse and I don’t see one another lots through the week.”
FOX40 joined Whiteside on his every day commute to work, which takes him from Roseville, to Fremont. Whiteside is a Senior Technical Artist for a online game firm. The sixty four-yr-previous says on this subject, there are few openings nearer to residence.
“They type of name individuals in my business ‘digital gypsies,'” stated Whiteside. “As a result of very often, we’ve got to maneuver to a different nation or one other state.”
Whiteside’s first cease is Davis, the place he parks his automotive, and walks two-and-a-half blocks to the Amtrak station. He must catch the 6:35 a.m. practice to Fremont. And he’s not alone. Different commuters line up on the platform within the early hours of the morning—others, prepared to sacrifice hours of their day for a bit of the American dream.
Whiteside’s morning commute is greater than three hours lengthy. Thomas Pogue with the College of the Pacific stated Whiteside’s commute isn’t distinctive. It’s a part of a rising development that he calls “excessive commuting.”
“The variety of commuters has principally doubled from the Sacramento space into the Bay space, in addition to from the Northern San Joaquin Valley into the Bay Space,” Pogue stated.
Pogue stated excessive commuting is outlined as touring greater than two hours a day for his or her job. He stated, there are a number of elements driving these commuters, together with the excessive worth of housing within the Bay Space. However social and familial elements additionally come into play. Whiteside agrees.
“I’ve youngsters that reside right here, and that was a serious motivation — to be close to our youngsters, and our grandkids,” stated Whiteside. “I simply determined it was well worth the commute to maintain doing what I used to be doing, and nonetheless be dwelling right here in Roseville, in a extra cheap home.”
Whiteside stated, his commute is lengthy, however general it doesn’t hassle him.
“I both learn books or work on my laptop computer. Typically I take heed to audiobooks,” stated Whiteside. “It’s good to take a seat right here and look out the window and watch issues go by. You don’t get to try this when you drive.”
By the point Whiteside will get to Fremont, it’s 9 a.m. He nonetheless has a 30 minute stroll forward of him earlier than he…