Rougher Commutes Equal Higher Stress

It played out in video images, sound bites and quotes, but was rarely discussed during the April transit problems in the New York region: the hidden cost of commuting disasters is increased stress.

Richard Wener, a professor of environmental psychology at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, co-authored a 2006 study showing that shorter and more direct commutes reduce levels of stress.

Wener’s study also found that train commuters have lower levels of stress than drivers who commute similar distances by car.

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