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Suzanne, Other/Just Looking in Oakland, CA

Sacramento to Roseville commute. What's it like?

Asked by Suzanne, Oakland, CA Thu Feb 5, 2009

I may be getting a job in Roseville and am thinking about living in downtown Sacramento. would this be considered the opposite commute? would it be less hellish than commuting to Sacramento from the outlying areas? I am a SF native currently living in Oakland and am used to using public transportation or living relatively near to my work. I am also considering finding a place in Roseville to buy or rent.
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Here is my advice. Do you remember a couple yrs ago on the I80 when the economy was ok? If not. It was hell to go anywhere! When the economy starts moving again it will be hell. This summer will bring long commutes after 3:30 on Thursdays, and Fridays suck for traffic either way. We have congested freeways Thursday and Friday because everyone wants to get out of town at the same time. Tahoe/Reno. We do not have good public transportation compared to the bay area. If you are going to work in Roseville live in Roseville, Rocklin or Lincoln and play on the weekends. For me to drive to my friends home in Natomas, which is not even down town Sac, it takes me 30 minutes from Blue Oaks in Roseville to go to the Northgate exit and that is not with any traffic.
As the economy gets better our freeways will get congested again.
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Downtown Sacramento to one of Rosevilles business districts will average about a half hour on the freeway. There is train service and bus service also available but I know nothing of it.

This used to be an "opposite commute" but the freeways are pretty congested now at rush hours that eastbound is pretty busy in the morning and westbound is awful in late afternoon. Especially between I-65 and Riverside. - A four mile strectch that can take ten minutes and cause gray hairs.

Roseville has every kind of living accomodations that Sacramento has, so I don't know why you would prefer adding the daily cost and hassle of commuting.

If it is a vibrant weekday nightlife you are seeking. Um, Sacramento ain't it either. And it is a lot easier to commute to the nightclubs in Sacramento on a Friday or Saturday night than to spend 10 rush hours a week in traffic. Sometimes there is night life in Roseville (surprise). For example, there was a rave party on Industrial Boulevard weekend before last that was shut down by the Rocklin Police because people were having too much fun
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Jim Walker, Real Estate Pro in Carmichael, CA
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It can still be a bit chaotic depending on what hour you are commuting on I-80 heading EAST. You will see only mild traffic. Once arriving in the Roseville area, they have expanded part of the freeway running through the Roseville exits and this has alleviated some of the congestion of people doing that commute. You would be considered a reverse commute and should not be too bad. Two different places completely to live, you will just have to drive the area and check out what is more your style and which best suits your lifestyle (RE: downtown living or Roseville area).
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Steve Ostrom, Real Estate Pro in Roseville, CA
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It depends on where in Sacramento you live, and what time you are going to work. In the mornings, going to Sacramento from Roseville shouldn't be too bad. You might get stopped up by Douglas, by Madison, switching from Bus. 80, down by Arden and Cal Expo. It definitely would be a shorter drive than those going to Sacramento from Roseville.

Now going home could take a little longer, again depending on where you live and where you are working. If you work in certain parts of Roseville, you could get on the freeway at Riverside, and avoid the slow traffic areas before there. You're still probably gonna get stopped up/slowed down on Bus. 80.
If you plan on working in Roseville, finding a place to buy or rent in Roseville would be a good idea if you want to avoid that commute time. But you're commuting time won't be as bad as those who are working in Sacramento and live in Roseville.

When I drive to dowtown Sac from Roseville at non-rush hours, it takes me about 20-30 minutes.

Hope that helps.
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