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Old 02-13-2011, 03:40 PM
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We are thinking of purchasing a home in Needham in the next year or so, but are concerned about the commute. What is it like in the a.m and after work? We commute into the Seaport area of Boston. Thoughts on best hours to leave and routes to take would be helpful. Also, how is the commuter rail? We would ideally like to find a place within walking distance of the commuter rail. Right now our commute from Watertown in the morning takes around 45 minutes if we leave at 7:45 or 8:00 a.m.

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Old 02-14-2011, 01:19 AM
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No traffic ~30 minutes. Typical morning traffic ~1hr.
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:23 PM
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There are three commuter-rail stations on the Needham Line, which operates out of South Station. From South Station, it's a short walk to the "Seaport District." Or, you could ride the Silver Line there, transferring within the station complex. Consult MBTA.com > Official Website for Greater Boston's Public Transportation System for commuter-rail and Silver Line timetables.
Traveling to work by car would entail using the southbound Route 128 loop and then following I-93 north, both of which are virtually guaranteed to be "moving parking lots" if you work during the daytime hours. Alternative routes into town - I-90 (aka "the Mass. Pike," which means tolls), and Route 9 - are also bumper-to-bumper more often than not. But traffic does proceed more quickly on either of those roads.
If your workplace(s) are close by South Station, you'd typically arrive more quickly by taking the train. If you'd be catching the Silver Line it's closer to a wash. But the reduction in stress (if not parking fees) might make using the T still worth it.
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:57 PM
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The commuter rail is great if you have regular hours. I'd recommend it over driving - you can read, work, and even if you end up with standing room only, you can zone out and don't have to concentrate. Driving is the typical rush hour commute, which can get awful. Masspike is the only road that somewhat decent on some mornings, but Needham is far away from it, which would add to your commute, so it isn't worth it. In general, in Boston, if you get into the city, to get anywhere within Boston proper is no more than 20 min or so. South Station is fairly central, too, and has a lot of connections to the T. Needham is a very nice town. Go for it!
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Old 02-20-2011, 10:31 AM
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