While poking around the latest U.S. census information(2000), I came across statistics for average commute times. Here are some average commute times for Troutdale, for Oregon, and for the U.S.:
Average travel time to work (minutes)-
Troutdale: 26; Oregon: 22; U.S.: 26
Average travel time to work using public transportation-
Troutdale:65; Oregon: 39; U.S: 48
Average travel time to work using other transportation-
Troutdale: 24; Oregon: 21; U.S: 24
For Troutdale residents, a 65 minute one way commute to work on Tri-Met translates to 10.8 hours in travel time per week, or 43.2 hours per month, or 512 hours per year.
Contrast the mass transit commute with a Troutdale resident driving to work. A 26 minute one way commute translates to 4.3 hours in travel time per week, or 17.3 hours per month, or 208 hours per year.
And Metro wants us to get out of our cars? I can think of many other things I'd rather do with my time than spend the equivalent of an entire work week on mass transit each month.