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Old 04-19-2008, 09:44 PM
 
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Perhaps some New Yorkers can answer this question.

We're thinking of moving to Charlotte for a variety of reasons, but I am concerned about people talking constantly about horrific commutes from 20 miles away.

I live in Westchester in a town that's about 25 miles from Midtown. I have a 30 minute ride on Metro North, which is an utter pleasure. I read the NY Times in the morning and the Economist, Smithsonian or some other magazine going home at night.

Not to mention, on some occasions, I've driven during weekdays to Wall Street, and it's simply not as horrific as people in Charlotte suggest that their drives are. Can a city with 2 million people have worse traffic than a city with 20 million? I am concerned about this issue. Please let me know your thoughts.
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Old 04-19-2008, 09:50 PM
 
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Perhaps some New Yorkers can answer this question.

We're thinking of moving to Charlotte for a variety of reasons, but I am concerned about people talking constantly about horrific commutes from 20 miles away.

I live in Westchester in a town that's about 25 miles from Midtown. I have a 30 minute ride on Metro North, which is an utter pleasure. I read the NY Times in the morning and the Economist, Smithsonian or some other magazine going home at night.

Not to mention, on some occasions, I've driven during weekdays to Wall Street, and it's simply not as horrific as people in Charlotte suggest that their drives are. Can a city with 2 million people have worse traffic than a city with 20 million? I am concerned about this issue. Please let me know your thoughts.
Light rail (Lynx) is in its infancy here in Charlotte, while Metro North, LIRR, NJ Transit is a way of life for many commuters in the NY/NJ/CT metro area. So the comparision is unfair.

Even with some windy country roads down here, the commute is a breeze to up north where I'm originally from...
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Old 04-19-2008, 09:52 PM
 
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Thanks. That's good to hear. I'm starting to get concerned that Charlotte is like a mini-LA or DC Beltway in that it takes forever to get anywhere.
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:03 PM
 
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Thanks. That's good to hear. I'm starting to get concerned that Charlotte is like a mini-LA or DC Beltway in that it takes forever to get anywhere.
I don't find that to be the case, atleast not yet. Now with the current influx I think in a few years that may catch up with us. Then again I do not commute so I'm not usually on the road during rush hour
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Old 04-20-2008, 05:58 AM
 
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Traffic can (and does) get rough here at times. We live in Huntersville and have seen the traffic backed up on the 77 freeway going north. I mean, they do, without a doubt, can have some heavy traffic here. But, it's not "horrific" traffic, say like in good old Southern California. We are seeing Charlotte and the surrounding areas growing with people more and more AND with that you will have more and more traffic. Here, like everywhere else......people love their vehicles and the freedom they have driving them.
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Old 04-20-2008, 06:06 AM
 
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Traffic in Charlotte is nothing compared to other cities I have lived in. Portland, Seattle and Houston are much worse. I can't compare to NY, never lived there. As long as they keep building roads and don't get the pipe dream that they can force people to use public transportation like some other cites do, we will be ok.
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Old 04-20-2008, 08:06 AM
 
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When I was there, south of the city (Ballantyne area), I found it to be a congested mess. I could actually drive into boston from the south easier than into Charlotte. Yes, if you leave you home a 5:30 you can breeze into the city, but that is true just about anywhere...That being said, the real traffic seems to be only at rush hour, where as other cities, the traffic is pretty bad all day...
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:55 AM
 
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Perhaps some New Yorkers can answer this question.

We're thinking of moving to Charlotte for a variety of reasons, but I am concerned about people talking constantly about horrific commutes from 20 miles away.

I live in Westchester in a town that's about 25 miles from Midtown. I have a 30 minute ride on Metro North, which is an utter pleasure. I read the NY Times in the morning and the Economist, Smithsonian or some other magazine going home at night.

Not to mention, on some occasions, I've driven during weekdays to Wall Street, and it's simply not as horrific as people in Charlotte suggest that their drives are. Can a city with 2 million people have worse traffic than a city with 20 million? I am concerned about this issue. Please let me know your thoughts.

Never lived in NY, but I'm going to take a stab at your question anyway. Basically, YES, a city with this much less population can have traffic worse than such a large city as NYC. This is because the Charlotte streets, roads and interstates were never meant to carry the amount of traffic they now carry. Our public transportation system is off to a good start, but in its infancy. You do realize we only have 9.6 miles of light rail track opened yet? NYC has had the subway system for over a hundred years. We've basically only seen use of our city buses in the last 10 years! Neighborhood streets, narrow little streets have now become major thoroughfares all day long. Used to be you could go anywhere in Charlotte and be there in 15 minutes, except for the morning and afternoon rush hours - and that was only about 10 years ago. Now, no matter what time of day you travel you will encounter constant traffic.

I realize to some of you coming from 2+ hour commutes this is all relative. But for those of us here long term we are appalled at the traffic we must now deal with. If the city had been designed to accomadate this many people years ago, then traffic would not be much of an issue. Since no one could ever foresee the huge influx in our population not much was done to prepare for it and we are, I think, very overcrowded. Until our roads catch up I think traffic here could definitely stay worse than traffic in many other larger cities.
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Old 04-20-2008, 12:09 PM
 
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Loves, thanks for your post. I'd give you some more reputation but the site says I can't.
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Old 04-20-2008, 01:54 PM
 
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We moved from Los Angeles and both of us commuted through areas with very high traffic (Pasadena to downtown LA and Pasadena to Beverly Hills).

One thing we did in LA and DH does here......find a way to go in early and leave early or go in late and leave late....this helps tremendously. DH leaves Marvin at 6am and gets to Uptown (through the lynx on South Blvd.) in 35 minutes or so. When he goes at 8am it can take him over an hour. It is a 25 mile commute.

Dawn
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