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Karin Bourne answered:
Wed Aug 16, 2017
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Mon Aug 14, 2017
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Thu Aug 10, 2017
Michael Lonkouski answered:
Because Roy only has about 3-4 thoroughfares, traffic can kinda bad, for suburbia, especially in the mornings and afternoons. 5600 gets jammed up, bumper to bumper, but we are still only talking about 7-10 minutes to/from I-15. ... more
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Thu Aug 3, 2017
Tourpa44 answered:
No there is no problem regarding traffic because of the strict traffic rules and you dont worry about that.
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Thu Jul 27, 2017
Bikahj answered:

Depending of the time of the day or where you are coming from in Staffort.

Anything before 5am and after 7pm should takes you about 35-45 min with light traffic. Anything after 5am and if you are lucky average is over 1 hr +.

The problem is usually between the aquia exit 143 and 160. If you are unlucky, and there is more congestion,God knows, it will take you hours. If you can get through you might be lucky if you could uses route 1 to bypass some traffic, but again most people do that as well but it sometime helps.
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Sun Jul 23, 2017
143stuff answered:
Its an easy train ride, much better than trying to drive.
The question is how do you get to the office once you get to the Chicago train station?
There are busses and taxis, you need to look into that detail.
otherwise the train is your best bet.
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Wed Jul 19, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Yes it is. That's why everybody uses public transportation instead of driving. The only people who drive in NYC are truck drivers, taxi cabs, bus drivers and idiots. There is NO reason to own a car in NYC. It's too expensive, very restrictive, your car will get damaged & it may get stolen. PLEASE do NOT have a car!!! ... more
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Wed Jul 19, 2017
Alan May answered:
From Evanston... the purple line express would be the fastest. You could also take the Metra.
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Wed Jul 19, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
I'm a life long NYC area resident and recently retired realtor. First of all, NEVER rely on websites telling you where the "nearest subway" stop is. Real estate websites like Zillow, Trulia, etc. have only 1 goal - to get consumers like you to use their websites and available information. This does NOT mean the information on their websites is useful to you or how accurate it is. Real estate agents pay $$$ to these websites to advertise themselves hoping that people like you will call them to assist you in finding your next home.

As for the subway system map on Trulia, all Trulia is interested in is giving you POSSIBLE subway stops nearby - NOT every single subway stop. That is your job to locate the actual subway stop near where you are looking to live. I've noticed that Trulia will indicate the "express" stops - more than the local stops. There is also space limitations so Trulia does not have the space to fit in all the local stops.

What you need to do is print out the subway map system from and compare the listings to the subway map. You can also use Google Maps to help you.

You did not indicate if you are renting or buying. I do want to help you save money. Have you looked in the nearby suburbs? You need to. Both rentals and buying homes is MUCH cheaper in Nassau County (Long Island) or Westchester County (above the Bronx). Examples of savings: a typical 2 bedroom 2 bath rental = $3 -4,000. depending on location. A typical 2 bedroom 2 bath co-op sells for $350,000 - 400,000. These prices is for a move in ready unit in a good neighborhood. Also the rooms are normal size - not teeny tiny like Brooklyn. Commuters to Manhattan will take the Long Island Railroad to Penn Station or MetroNorth to Grand Central. From there, they take the subway to work. If you work in Brooklyn, it will be much easier to live in Nassau County and drive. Finally, owning a car and parking is much less restricted compared to NYC + parking tickets are much cheaper.

Hope this information helps.
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Sat Jul 15, 2017
Mark Bosio answered:
Brentwood is a great place to live if you work in Brentwood. What amazes me is how friendly everyone is.... until you are driving on Vascgo pretty much any time, not just commuting hours. People who drive it every day know where it backs up, yet they race at dangerous speeds usually to end up one car ahead. If these warriors would just chill and go the speed limit, we would all get through a lot faster and in one piece. ... more
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Thu Jul 13, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
$1550.? Is this for a rental? How many bedrooms? If you work in White Plains, you cannot afford to rent in New Jersey. You need to stay in Westchester. Look in New Rochelle, Yonkers, Mount Vernon, Peekskill, Valhalla, Cortland, Ossining, Greenburgh and Yorktown. You will find rentals for $1550. ... more
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Mon Jul 10, 2017
Sosil88 answered:
Bad train and road infrastructure is the weakness of this area for commuters. For example, a commute by rail from Warren to NYC Midtown East can mean up to 5 hours or more on a daily basis, including transfer in Newark (Raritan Valley Line), then more delays as too many passenger and freight trains wait their turns to pass through a single tunnel under the Hudson. A new tunnel was being built and due to come on line in 2018, rising tides for all, but Governor Chris Christie proudly pulled the plug on that in 2010, citing that he could "negotiate a better deal." On the other hand, easier transportation to NYC has kept Warren, Watchung, etc. from turning into another corner of Jersey City! At fewer than 30 miles, a Saturday morning or even lucky late-morning drive will get you to a tunnel in under 45 minutes! Don't count on those days, though, to plan a normal commute. Surprised real estate agents have not made this an issue -- it is proven that shortened train times (to 40-50 min from 70-80) push home values up 30-40% overnight. ... more
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Fri Jul 7, 2017
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Thu Jul 6, 2017
Mark McNitt answered:
The Katy area is about 18-20 miles west of the Galleria and is feed by two major roads. I-10 that features toll lanes in the middle and the Westpark Toll road, exclusive toll only. The I-10 option is closer to Green Trails and has the option of using the toll lanes in the middle. Cinco Ranch is huge and is close to both roads. The Westpark Toll Road can have some bottle necks on the way into town.
I have added a link below to Houston Transtar that can give you stats on both roads at different times of the day. This site might help you best gauge which location is better. I have sold in both communities. Let me know if I can assist you with your relocation to Houston.

Mark McNitt
Bernstein Realty
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Sun Jul 2, 2017
Jasirtmo77 asked:
Hello, We are looking to buy a home in Ruby Hill neighborhood in Pleasanton.
I have to commute to south bay - North San Jose/South Milpitas area. We have read a lot about commuting through…
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Tue Jun 20, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
If you are referring to Hartford, Conn., yes you will need a car. There are public buses but it does not go everywhere and it does not run 24/7. If you can't bring a car with you, try visiting some car dealerships and ask if you can lease a car for 9 months instead of their standard 1 - 3 year lease. This will be much cheaper than going thru a car rental company. In New York City, public transportation is excellent but outside of the NYC region, it's not - you need a car. ... more
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Sat Jun 17, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Long Island has the LIRR (Long Island Railroad) and busses. Westchester County has MetroNorth Railroad and busses. Go to for schedules and fares.
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