A lot of people aren’t just commuting to work. They’re megacommuting. Megacommuters travel a minimum of 100 miles to work and back – and often set out before 6 A.M.

In fact, a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau found that 600-thousand people spend more than 3 hours a day commuting more than 100 miles. And the trend is booming especially around major cities, like New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. 

So, why are so many people megacommuting these days? Experts say it’s usually because they love where they live - and don’t want to move closer to their employer. 

But there’s also another huge factor driving the trend: The rise of public transportation. Long commutes are being made tolerable because people can sleep, using an iPad to work, watch movies, or play games while riding a bus or train. And, 1 in 4 megacommuters use public transportation. 

But if you’re one of the 60-percent of megacommuters who drives – it’s costing you. 

The recent spike in gas prices means shelling out $150-bucks a month more on gas today than a year ago. 

So if you’re a megacommuter, you may want to give your wallet a break and join your megacommuting buddies on the bus or train.