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Commuters going in the opposite direction to where they should go

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Hi guys,

Just built up a nice suburban area. There's one tile between it and a large commercial city, it's connected fully to this city with a highway and five roads. Despite this, and there being no other cities connected to this metropolis, my Sims instead of commuting to it, are commuting to a city to the North, effectively commuting away from the jobs, despite the fact that there are no jobs in that city (with the exception of service jobs) as it's purely a residential area. The city between the two is empty with the exception of the roads connecting the two so it can't be as if any Sims there are taking all the jobs.

I've checked that the connections are okay with uDrive it and it appears there's nothing wrong with them.

When I checked the city they were commuting to, there's no sign of the Sims commuting in at all. It's as if they go across the edge of the city they're commuting from and then fall off the map. It makes no sense at all o.O.

I'm using the latest NAM and have a few other plugins installed too, although none of those relate to transport. I also have a left hand drive install, not sure if that has any effect, but yeah, all help appreciated.



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It is a matter of the time/distance to reach a job pool in other city.  The game only knows that a connection leads to jobs, not how many nor what type.  If the one connection is closer (in time) than the other, that's the way they will go.

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  • Ah fair enough :) It fixed itself when I started building on the middle tile anyway :)
    If that's the case though, how do no job zots occur? I keep getting them on low wealth residential in the middle tile?

    And also, this is not really relevant, when I make Sims in this middle tile they instantly move up the job ladder within the space of days and then move out, there's no high wealth residential lots for them to move into. Just wondering if there's anything I can do about that?
    Thanks :)

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    Moving up the wealth ladder means that your EQ must be fairly high.  Normally a new Sim (R$) has to spend at least 12 Sim-years in school before he makes it to R$$.  Maybe you have a case of R$$ just passing though.  If you want them to stay put, build some better accommodation.  Make sure it is watered and has a few amenities like parks and playgrounds.  And jobs, of course, at the right level.


    NJZs occur when the Sim can't find a job within his commute range.  If you have the NAM, then it means that there are no jobs he can find which meet his qualifications.  Try to create some jobs at that level nearby.

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