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Old 06-25-2009, 09:32 AM
j00 j00 started this thread
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I'm going to be starting a new job in Norwood soon, but am planning on living in Boston. I've looked at a couple places in North End, and East Cambridge... from both places google maps recommends taking i-93 south in the mornings.

Intuitively i-93 south looks like it might be a reverse commute (google maps says 22 miles, 30 minutes) but i'm wondering, is this true? What will the traffic be like going that way in the morning? What about north in the evenings?
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:42 AM
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I used to commute from Medford to Quincy, and while the traffic was substantially less heading south on 93, there is still traffic. It won't exactly be a breeze, but it won't be that bumper-to-bumper mess you'll see going the opposite way, either.
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:40 PM
Location: Brookline, MA
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You'll definitely have traffic, but as redpanda wrote, it's not the horror show going the opposite direction. A big reason for the traffic is because between 6-10AM and 4-7PM, they take a lane away from the "reverse commute" side to create an extra lane for the HOV carpool on the busy side. Also, Friday evenings, the driving into the city from the Braintree split is just as bad or worse as getting out of the city.

Spend a few days calling the 511 (the traffic line) in the morning during the time you think you'll be commuting. Enter 932* at the prompt. It'll give you a reasonably updated traffic description including the average drive time. It focuses more on the commute into the city, but usually there is info for the opposite side.

Another thing to consider is getting from your apartment to the highway. City roads and on-ramps can be a mess during peak hours.
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