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YankeeClipper  
#1 Posted : Thursday, February 3, 2022 6:31:23 PM(UTC)
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Those of you that work or have worked in the Federal building in either Chicago or Detroit, is the commute ok from suburbs? Is there validated parking for employees? Or is public transportation easy to navigate from suburbs (not in the city)? I feel like Detroit is easier just from what I have read, but don't want to rule out Chicago. I'm just trying to get closer to family in Michigan, which is currently a 15hr drive for me and both these cities are within 4hrs.
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#2 Posted : Friday, February 4, 2022 12:51:45 AM(UTC)
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Not too many Federal jobs validate parking anymore?

ordinarily, it is the responsibility of the employee to furnish his own transportation to and from his place of employment or duty, and if he chooses to use his private automobile for such purposes, the Government is under no obligation to provide a parking space therefore." However, although the Government is under this general policy not required to provide parking facilities for employees, it may do so in its discretion.
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#3 Posted : Friday, February 4, 2022 5:12:37 AM(UTC)
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In terms of lower living costs, commute time Kenosha WI has METRA service to Chicago Union Station that is about 5-10 min walk to the federal building. They are fairly easy connection buses that run between those points. Worked in a job where I traveled to both Chicago and Detroit, did the local commute thing. Chicago had more to offer in terms of transportation options but its a more expensive city to live in. Driving and parking is an adventure always in Chicago. Free parking perks for Chicago employers isn't always the better option where commute times can be shorter on METRA v. driving.



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YankeeClipper on 2/5/2022(UTC)
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#4 Posted : Monday, February 7, 2022 9:14:15 PM(UTC)
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downtown Detroit has a parking garage
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YankeeClipper on 2/27/2022(UTC)
Gal Friday  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, February 8, 2022 12:06:27 PM(UTC)
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What happened to teleworking?
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You want everything don’t you.

You will be that stereotypical lazy govt employee
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Pave Paradise and put up a Parking lot
https://therealdeal.com/...commutes-in-chicagoland/
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What happened to teleworking?


You have to earn telework privledges. It’s not a right and can be take away.

Generally in normal times you can’t telework or flex on your training year.
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Originally Posted by: Gal Friday Go to Quoted Post
What happened to teleworking?


You have to earn telework privledges. It’s not a right and can be take away.

Generally in normal times you can’t telework or flex on your training year.


I was thinking more like in Covid-19 times. Is the IRS back in the office?
Vinny  
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Regarding Chicago, there are multiple PODs in the metro area. The downtown PODs don't provide free parking (there might a few LEO-related positions that offer parking but only for federal-owned vehicles); most everyone commutes since the PTSP offsets a significant amount of commuting cost - up to $255 a month which covers the cost of monthly passes from just about anywhere - but a few folks will drive and just pay out of pocket for parking. There are a few suburban PODs and they have free parking.
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YankeeClipper on 3/29/2022(UTC)
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#11 Posted : Thursday, March 31, 2022 4:36:22 AM(UTC)
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Yankee Clipper I have worked in both areas. I’m the metro Chicago area, there are commuter trains that will take you to the downtown Chicago office. There are offices in the suburbs and you can stay in cities that are close to, if not, directly in the city where the office is located. I lived in a city that was like 20 minutes away from my office in Illinois. The suburb offices have free parking too.

There are plenty of suburban areas that are within a 30 minute or less drive from the Detroit office. Three counties make up the metro Detroit area (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb). I would say Macomb county has more affordable and nice apartments. But Oakland and Wayne Counties have nice apartments as well. Apartment prices have risen over the years. Public transportation is spotty though from the suburbs to Detroit though. However, Detroit has some newer apartments too. Detroit pod has a parking garage for employees assigned to that POD. There are also PODs in the suburbs with open parking lots that are free.

Hope this helps. If you have more questions, you can message me.
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