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Old 02-11-2011, 04:26 PM
 
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kdjack, The problem is that the drive time can vary quite a bit. I live not far from Ashland. Sometimes I can drive to Cambridge in less than an hour but sometimes the traffic is horrible & it's well over an hour. Commuting from Hopkinton you'd have the same issue.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:22 PM
 
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I have friends in Ashland (typical suburban family, stay at home mom, 2.5 kids, they love it) and it seem to be me that most people work in the 128 or 495 corridor, not in Boston.

Boston feels pretty far away from Ashland although if you drive it without traffic, you realize it's not. It's trying to do it at rush hour that kills you. Also, be prepared to drive everywhere. Your kids can take their bikes over hills and dales but not to the corner store for mlik.

I guess if you are going straight downtown on the train and not doing anything else, it's kind of doable. But any transfers start adding on minutes and pushing you into the >1 hour commute.

Don't forget the EZRide shuttle between North Station and MIT. That may help out with a North Station based commute.

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Old 02-12-2011, 01:20 AM
 
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The reason I said that I'd prefer public transit from Metro West is that it would be a more relaxing way to travel than driving. In addition to the point that has been made about how bad traffic can be when driving in from the west, the situation is even worse if you're going to Cambridge rather than downtown Boston. Either you're going to do a stretch on 128, which can have its own traffic headaches, or you're going to have to spend some time on local streets moving from Boston over to Cambridge and through Cambridge. Even though using public transit might take just about as long a time, I'd rather avoid the stress of driving through the traffic you'd have to deal with to get from Metro West to Cambridge. As I said earlier, though, a driving commute can be done. Just be prepared for dealing with a lot of bad traffic.
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:08 AM
 
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The reason I said that I'd prefer public transit from Metro West is that it would be a more relaxing way to travel than driving. In addition to the point that has been made about how bad traffic can be when driving in from the west, the situation is even worse if you're going to Cambridge rather than downtown Boston. Either you're going to do a stretch on 128, which can have its own traffic headaches, or you're going to have to spend some time on local streets moving from Boston over to Cambridge and through Cambridge. Even though using public transit might take just about as long a time, I'd rather avoid the stress of driving through the traffic you'd have to deal with to get from Metro West to Cambridge. As I said earlier, though, a driving commute can be done. Just be prepared for dealing with a lot of bad traffic.
Thanks for that. I'm thinking I have to have my husband actually do the drive to figure that out. He's convinced that driving is easier. I would think he could sit back and read the paper or deal with email or something on the train. But as he's the one doing it, he'll have to decide.
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