in 2008-June 2009, I was commuting by Metro Rail and bike from NW DC to Gaithersburg, MD. Depending on where I entered/exited Metro Rail, it was a 9-16 mile r/t biking portion. Well after 6 months jobless, I am back to work, and have successfully figured my new multi-mode commute and completed it a couple of times. I now do: bike--->Metro Rail--->Metro Bus---->bike to office. At its shortest, the biking portion is a mere 3-4 miles round trip. Not much on miles. This can be increased depending on which Metro Rail stop I use. But here's the joy: twenty-three minutes on the rail to read and relax. Another 15 minutes on the bus to read and relax some more. A little jolt of pedaling to wake me up and get the creative juices flowing for work. On Friday afternoon, anyone who lives here in the DC area will tell you it's murder on the roads. I spent a little over an hour getting home driving last Friday. The multi-mode commute is just under an hour, literally door-to-door. On Fridays I would actually get home faster by bike, despite the distance of the commute. The rest of the week I turn roughly 45 minutes of driving into 1 hour multi-modal commute, and am sooo much more relaxed. That's 15 minutes well spent in my book. My overall point is this: there are ways to make a commute work even when it seems you are traveling out to the far 'burbs. The bus I ride is an express bus. Use the resources at your disposal, ask around, and you might find a great way to get to and from work that doesn't use the car, or uses it less or less often! Happy riding!