Erica Gray lives near Security Square and drives about 30 to 45 minutes each way for her job as an administrative services manager at a nutritional supplement company in the Inner Harbor.
Instead of sitting in daily rush-hour traffic on the outer loop of the Beltway and joining the horde of county commuters on Interstates 695, 95 and 395, the 25-year-old goes the opposite way — north, to Liberty Road, which she follows all the way east into the city.
“I can avoid all the traffic on 695 and half on 83,” she said. “The traffic is horrible.”
Her shortcut notwithstanding, Gray’s commute is roughly on a par with most workers in the Baltimore region, who spend an average of...