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Traffic & Public Transportation in Fairfield County : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Nov 12, 2016
Burgesswalker answered:
15 minutes to Purdys RR Station. 70 minute train ride to Grand Central.
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Sat Mar 14, 2015
Bill Jacquemin answered:
The train station is in the city..not walking distance or if you want to do a park and ride to a bus location to the train..that is still 2 exits away. If you need help finding something, please let me know..be happy to help out. 869-799-5300 ... more
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Tue Aug 26, 2014
Amy Mosley answered:
Average price per square foot for Ridgefield CT was $257, an increase of 4% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in Ridgefield CT for May 14 to Aug 14 was $647,400 based on 114 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price decreased 1.2%, or $7,600, and the number of home sales decreased 14.3%. There are currently 300 resale and new homes in Ridgefield on Trulia, including 39 homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process. The average listing price for homes for sale in Ridgefield CT was $1,065,528 for the week ending Aug 13, which represents a decrease of 0.5%, or $5,053, compared to the prior week. ... more
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Fri Oct 4, 2013
Mary Phelps answered:
Here is an updated link for the shuttle information: http://www.hartransit.com/Schedules/Shuttles/2013_8_13%20RF-KT.pdf
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Fri Aug 2, 2013
Ted Kostzewski answered:
Hi Judy:
The info below was taken from the Senior Center section of the Trumbull website.
I invite you to go to http://www.trumbull-ct.gov to familarize yourself with all the services Trumbull has to offer. I live there and it's a great place to live. If I can be of service in yuour search for a home, please let me know.
Transportation Services - The senior transportation department continues to provide effective curbside services to seniors age 60 and over with out transportation or unable to drive. Services include doctor’ s appointments, shopping, nutrition program, dentist appointments and legal appointments
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Tue Jul 30, 2013
Margaret Nagy answered:
Avis,
This home is located far from public transportation. If you are looking for a public transportation accesible home I can help to locate one for you. Please contact me via my cell phone 230-885-8003.
Margaret Nagy
REALTOR
Prudential CT
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Fri Jul 19, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
Why not consider a test run, see if your comfort level can be reached...
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Mon Sep 24, 2012
Helene Daly answered:
Hi Diego,
Did you ever make the move to Fairfield? You can take back roads and avoid traffic.
Helene D
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Sat Apr 28, 2012
Alan Ibbotson answered:
If you live in the northern part of Ridgefield (Ridgebury and surrounding neighborhoods like Mamanasco, Fox Hill and Rainbow Lake) it's a 12-15 min drive to Purdy's or Goldens Bridge and there are a plethora of trains at rush hour back and forth, hourly on weekends. The drive is beautiful (along the Titicus Reservoir) and the train itself takes one hour and 5 minutes. Plenty of parking available. It's a very civilized and reasonable commute. ... more
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Tue Oct 11, 2011
Richard Breglia answered:
Yes you can find meter parking at the Greenwich Train Station. First come first serve though. You should be able to find a spot as long as you arrive before 7:00 a.m. Good luck!
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Tue Apr 20, 2010
Stephanie Thompson answered:
The Senior Center in Easton will pick up & deliver by appointment. Also, The Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority does the same, and has an established route. Beyond that, there are Taxis. ... more
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Wed Dec 9, 2009
Tim Honeycutt answered:
Dear Westport Visitor,
I live on the northern tip of Manhattan (so far north, even Law and Order will call this area the Bronx). I generally use and love La Guardia Airport for its convenience. My advice to you is that before you consider ANY form of mass transit: bus or train, you take the luggage fully packed, find a building with four flights of stairs, and see if you can manage to get the luggage up those stairs not once, but several times. Then go to your mall, and walk up and down the mall for two hours with said luggage in and around all the crowds. While our system is being retro fitted with elevators and such, some stations have not been retrofitted, or if they have, they are not always in working order, or easily found. If you feel you can handle the luggage on a mass transit system, then my suggestion is to fly in and out of JFK. (Air-train to A train at Howard Beach transfer to the 6 at Broadway-Nassau—the first stop on the A train in Manhattan). Then take the 6 train to Grand Central for the MetroNorth Train to Westport. The cost here is to and from Grand Central under $10.00 each way and probably 60 to 90 minutes in time. Trust me; this was not easy even when I was in my 30’s.

Therefore, I generally take a limo/car service to and from LGA at the cost of $40.00 each way for the car, and $5.50 for the TriBoro (aka RFK Bridge) plus tip. Taking a taxi from JFK will run $45.00 (plus tip) to any point on Manhattan with the same $5.50 toll unless you instructed the driver to take the Manhattan or Brooklyn bridge (which could definitely cost you more in the way of time.) Getting back to JFK from Manhattan is generally on the meter, but I would suspect would be around the same $45 plus tolls. If you fly through Newark, there is a shuttle bus to Port Authority at 42nd street and 8th Avenue that is probably running under $20.00 now-a-days. You would need to take a cab over to Grand Central at what I would think would be a cost of $10.00 or so.

As to the easiest, I do not fly in and out of Westchester airport, and I would take the advice of Ms Lipira who does, and go for LGA. I would rent a car, and then drive EAST on the GRAND CENTRAL (towards eastern Long Island—away from the city/the Grand Central is the expressway directly in front of LGA), I would take I-678 across the WHITESTONE BRIDGE then take the HUTCHINSON PARKWAY to the MERRIT PARKWAY (CT highway 15)—these two highways are really one and the same except the Hutchinson is in NY and the Merrit is in CT. If you miss the Whitestone, you have an alternative of taking the THROGS NECK BRIDGE to I-95/NEW ENGLAND THRUWAY. The difference of the two routes is that while the Merrit is a most ancient express way, commercial vehicles are banned from this route so you are not dodging the bulk of New England bound trucking. The tolls on the bridges are $5.50 each way. And I think there is a minor toll ($1.00 or so) on I-95/New England Thruway). If you rent, make sure you get a car with an E-Z pass, where the rental company will bill you for your tolls instead of having to pay them at the toll booth. The time savings are quite dramatic.


If expense is an issue as well, then you could fly in and out of Newark as rental cars and flights are generally cheaper at Newark. The reasons for this is that the cars rented in NYC generally come with some basic insurance coverage while it is an additional Per Diem charge in NJ. If you already have car insurance that will cover you when you rent a car then Newark is a better option. It is worth a call to your car insurance company. If that is your option, my best advice would be to take US Highway 1/9 WEST (again, away from the city) to the GARDEN STATE PARKWAY NORTH to I 287 EAST to I 95 NORTH to Westport, CT. This takes you around Manhattan, the George Washington Bridge, and most importantly, the Cross Bronx Highway. I think almost any New Yorker that drives in and around The City will tell you to avoid the Cross Bronx at all times. I know myself; I have been stuck on the Cross Bronx for two hours at 4 am. However, this route does take you across the Tappan-Z Bridge which sometimes can be a traffic nightmare. This option would cost probably 1 to 2 hours additional travel time over the LGA option.


Now with all of that said, the most important bit of advice I can give is do not under any circumstance plan an arrival or departure in rush hour. I would recommend flying in and out between 10am and 3 pm. And of course, I would be remiss if I did not encourage you to take a day for sight seeing here in The City here during the holiday period--especially after sunset. Everything is decorated and just spectacular.
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Fri May 9, 2008
Jan Sansevera answered:
The good thing about commuting from Newtown is that you have the choice of whether to take the Merritt or the 84 to 684 route. I used to commute to Westchester, and sometimes varied it just for a change of scenery! It really depends on the hour you leave your house, and weather and accidents play a big part. I don't believe that one is always better than the other. I grew up in Westchester County, but moved to Bethel and then Newtown 16 years ago, so I know the areas and the driving times very well. ... more
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