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Traffic & Public Transportation in Austin : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Mar 27, 2015
Jennifer Howle Coldwell Banker answered:
Most of austin reasonable compared to cali. Call if i can help
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Wed Sep 10, 2014
Daphne Quay answered:
That is a cute home!
It is pretty close to the air port. What is your ideal drive time?
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Fri Mar 14, 2014
Dan Burstain answered:
Think I just responded on the other one to you but just in case you didn't see it....

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Pet Limit 2 Pets(s)
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Breed Restrictions Yes
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Tue Feb 18, 2014
Jeremy Gonzales answered:
Hi Debra,

There are actually several BRAND NEW apartment complexes in Austin. There's a lot of development going on downtown as well as the southeast side right along the lake. I specialize in finding the latest and greatest to the uniquely weird apartments in the Central Austin area. Let me know exactly what you're looking for and I can get you a list of properties that will match your criteria.

Jeremy Gonzales
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Tue Dec 31, 2013
Dave Ottley answered:
Having lived and traveled in many metropolitan areas, I would rate Austin outside of the downtown area as non public transport friendly. If you live/work/play all within the downtown area, you should be able to bike, but there is no subway and the bus system leaves much to be desired. If you live in certain key areas on the west side of Austin there is a commuter train you can take, just make sure that the places you need to go also lie along that one stretch of train line. Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with - Dave Ottley 512-590-3990. ... more
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Sun Sep 22, 2013
Claudia Gonzalez answered:
yes, there is a park and ride spot on William Cannon and Hwy 290
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Mon Jul 8, 2013
sgprince answered:
the house at 7213 has become a rental property since original owners built the house and were transferred 4 years ago.
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Mon Apr 8, 2013
Claire McIntyre answered:
Hi Brooke,

There are many of us available to help you find a lease home. If you have a specific question you can always call one of us.

Claire McIntyre
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Fri Mar 29, 2013
Brent Mayes answered:
Honestly, there is a significant rush hour in Austin. Any major route you take is going to cause delays. The worst is I-35, but still you are going to have a longer commute than google maps says if you leave between 4PM and 7PM, or between 8AM and 9AM. Probably not what you were looking to hear but that is what we are seeing. ... more
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Wed Mar 27, 2013
Roger Buraimoh answered:
Distance is less than 10 miles, and should not take any more than 10 to 15 minutes drive time with traffic.
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Fri Nov 2, 2012
Liz W answered:
To be honest, they aren't very good. People will tell you they're great because they are from some other place in Texas where they're worse, but they aren't metropolitan-city quality, maybe small town quality. I used to complain about the T in Boston because it was old smelly and crowded but oh man, it's lightyears from anything here.

I do hope that public transportation is getting better, and it's worth trying to buy near bus routes and rail in case they get used more, but right now most middle-class people don't use public transportation to commute.

We deliberately chose to pick a house that's near bus lines (in Brentwood) because we believe in it, but there's no way to commute to either of our jobs easily with transportation even though both are less than 5 miles away. And both of us work for large offices, both for the state government. Because we both care about public transportation (he works for TXDOT), we go out of our way to use it for concerts and festivals and such but that's about it.

Let me give you an example - when I first moved here several years ago, I tried to make an appointment somewhere and asked what bus line it was on. The receptionist was really confused because no one had ever asked her that before.

Honestly the real issue is that Austin isn't very dense, which is going to make it difficult. For comparison, it has about 1/8th the population of Paris but it's physically 3 times the size. I don't see it ever having a really extensive rail system for that reason. And for some reason, there's a stigma with bus riding in much of the US, and I don't know how that's going to change absent some major shift. Which there may be with global warming and gas reserves and all that, but speculating on climate change is beyond the scope of the trulia boards, I think.
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