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Old 02-16-2014, 07:44 AM
 
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I'm confused as to what to believe! It would be a 13 mile commute, 12 of it on 75 going with traffic.
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:57 AM
 
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Thank you so much for your advice! I think I'm going to try to find a not-so-terrible complex near the mall. My job is actually a quarter a mile away from the new stadium, so I'm not sure if I will be able to avoid that traffic.
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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Given her budget, safety concerns, and commute to the Cumberland Mall area, do you really think that Kennesaw should be her first choice? That's what people need to hear when they are relocating to an unfamiliar area and what I wish I had been told.
She doesn't mention the other things she wants, or the size of apartment, or whether or not kids and schools are an issue (I'm assuming not), but there are quite a few apartments near KSU in the Chastain Rd area that are safe, clean, and probably in that price range.

If she is interested in the night life aspects of the area, it's a pretty good area, since you have a bunch of college related establishments as well as the stuff by the mall and on Barrett Pkwy.

Would Vinings be better, maybe, but will that budget get her what she wants? I don't think so.

As for the commute, it's all relative. To me a 20-30 min commute is a fairly short commute. To some that's an intolerable commute. It depends on your expectations, but it's certainly not out of the realm of a typical and fairly easy commute.
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:05 AM
 
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I'm confused as to what to believe! It would be a 13 mile commute, 12 of it on 75 going with traffic.
Like I stated in my earlier post without the emotional overtones, the commute time between the Town Center Mall area and the Cumberland Mall area will be anywhere between about 20-25 minutes at the low-end on really good days to as much as 45-50 minutes or more on really bad days.

You'll have days when there will be few problems and you'll have days when you have major problems (like when there is wet or inclement weather or when there are freak automobile collisions).

The traffic won't be bad everyday and there will be days when it flows relatively well, but there will also be days when it will be very-bad and both 75 and 41 will be parking lots.

...It is what it is.

That's because when it comes to Metro Atlanta rush hour commutes you will have no choice but to take the good with the bad (and make no doubt, there WILL be bad days) because that's just the way the traffic is in the "A".
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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I'm confused as to what to believe! It would be a 13 mile commute, 12 of it on 75 going with traffic.
Don't be confused. People have provided you the honest scoop. There are some on this board who just inherently and irrationally dislike suburbs like Kennesaw. Nothing anyone says will change their mind. They also take the worst traffic situations and imply they happen all the time. They don't.

You don't have to take I-75 but it could be just as easy to sit in some traffic, rather than sit through light cycles on Cobb Pkwy. Either way, Kennesaw to Cumberland isn't a bad commute. Just don't expect it to take 5 min or to fly at 70 mph in rush hour.
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Woodstock, GA
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Others are using subjective terms (good, great, bad, awful). These are relative: one person's awful is another's "okay". Those who have never experienced a Chicago or LA rush hour will describe Atlanta traffic as horrific, awful, frightful, nighmarish, etc. Those who have (such as myself) will only see it as typical.

Therefore, I am going to try to stick to just the facts and you can decide for yourself how that relates in your own experience. And before you question my information, I drive this route every weekday, except I leave from further north (I-575 exit 8).

Your experience on this route will largely depend on what time you travel. It will also be impacted by how far you are from the freeway at either end. I live less than 3 miles from the freeway, so nearly all of my time is spent on the freeway.

On my best commute days it takes 22 to 25 minutes to make the 20 mile drive on I-575 and I-75. In the morning that is only realistic when I leave after 9:30 (and sometimes not even then). In the evening sometimes I can get that optimal commute when I leave after 6:30.

Your drive will be about 5 miles less, but depending on how far from the freeway you live, the time may end up being the same.

On a typical day, leaving between 7 and 9, or between 4:30 and 6:30, the drive can take 45 to 60 minutes. 60+ is rare, but it does happen. Generally for the morning you have to be on the freeway before 6:30 to beat the worst of the traffic. In the afternoon traffic starts picking up around 4.

Except for Fridays! Friday afternoon traffic starts earlier and will usually take longer. Friday morning commutes are sometimes lighter.

On days when traffic looks exceptionally bad, or when some idiot has rear ended someone on the freeway, I have a route on surface streets that I take which is usually 45 to 50 minutes. Having this escape route has probably helped me avoid the worst commutes (the 60+ drives).

I always always check the GDOT traffic site before leaving. If something serious is happening then I avoid the area and use surface streets to get around it where possible. Google maps has traffic but I have found it to lag behind by a significant amount. 511ga.org is much more accurate. I also use the site to read the overhead signs before leaving on the drive. Those give trip times and are usually better than interpreting yellow and red lines along a map. I have the luxury of a flexible work schedule and the ability to work at home. If the sign says "I-75 interchange 5 miles ahead, traveltime 29-31 mins" then I wait it out. I've also seen "I-575 to I-285 42-44 mins", by the way!

My worst commute, of course, was the snowpocalypse carmageddon, which took over 4 hours (including walking the last 30 minutes).
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Woodstock, GA
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I'm confused as to what to believe! It would be a 13 mile commute, 12 of it on 75 going with traffic.
20 minutes will be your best commute. 35 to 45 will be typical (depending on time of day). But it can, from time to time, be 50 or more.
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Woodstock, GA
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It's not often I feel the urge to dispute what another poster says, but are you serious? Friday afternoon on 75N is far from a little bad and really isn't all that different from morning or afternoon any other day of the week.
I disagree. I drive this route every day. Friday afternoons are almost always longer than other days. Even moreso at the start of a holiday weekend.
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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One assumption being made is that the OP needs to make the commute during the typical "rush hour" on weekdays. Off hours or weekends, that commute is truly a "piece of cake" that can be very easily made.
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I disagree. I drive this route every day. Friday afternoons are almost always longer than other days. Even moreso at the start of a holiday weekend.

What prevented you from including the next sentence in my post since you decided to piece-meal it: The gridlock Friday evening just happens to get started a little earlier.

So, in essence we said the same thing; it's worse on Friday. Why did you half quote me in a manner that made it seem like we didn't?

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