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Old 03-07-2007, 08:50 PM
 
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I've heard not to go past exit 23 on I-77 & expect a reasonable commute (35-40 min-?). But what about I-85? Specifically, the Concord or Harrisburg area. What would our commute realistically be if we bought in this area? Any advice on which exits or side of 85 to look at (or stay away from)?

Also, when (if) they finish 485, would that significantly affect the Concord area for commute-time? Thanks
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Old 03-08-2007, 03:54 AM
 
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I've heard not to go past exit 23 on I-77 & expect a reasonable commute (35-40 min-?). But what about I-85? Specifically, the Concord or Harrisburg area. What would our commute realistically be if we bought in this area? Any advice on which exits or side of 85 to look at (or stay away from)?

Also, when (if) they finish 485, would that significantly affect the Concord area for commute-time? Thanks
The commute from exit 23 to Uptown is between 25-35 minutes. Closer to 25 if you use the HOV lane or ride CATS. I've done both for the last 3 years. Add about 5-10 minutes to that if you're coming from exit 25, which I've been doing for the past week. It's really not that bad of a commute. However, I'd be hesitant to go further north of that if I had to commute during prime rush hour times.

I've never done the I-85 commute.
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Old 03-08-2007, 05:52 AM
 
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85 would depend on where you are working. Are you working or will be working in Downtown Charlotte?
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Old 03-08-2007, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I spent some time commuting between my job in Charlotte and our house in Jamestown NC on the I-85 corridor. That trip only took a little over 60 minutes during rush hour. A trip to Concord or Harrisburg should take considerably less time (15-20 minutes).
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Old 03-08-2007, 08:20 AM
 
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85 would depend on where you are working. Are you working or will be working in Downtown Charlotte?
Would be working in downtown. Thanks
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Old 03-08-2007, 07:48 PM
 
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The commute from exit 23 to Uptown is between 25-35 minutes. Closer to 25 if you use the HOV lane or ride CATS. I've done both for the last 3 years. Add about 5-10 minutes to that if you're coming from exit 25, which I've been doing for the past week. It's really not that bad of a commute. However, I'd be hesitant to go further north of that if I had to commute during prime rush hour times.

I've never done the I-85 commute.

Can you give me some feedback on CATS. I'm thinking about taking the 77x in Huntersville down to Church st in Center City. Do you think it's more convienient than driving down yourself and parking?
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Old 03-08-2007, 07:53 PM
 
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Sheena I have some neighbors and such that do that treck every day they seem to think its a helluva lot better than paying for gas/parking and stopping and starting when they can sit back and read the paper.
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Old 03-08-2007, 08:01 PM
 
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Sheena I have some neighbors and such that do that treck every day they seem to think its a helluva lot better than paying for gas/parking and stopping and starting when they can sit back and read the paper.

That's what I was thinking. I see lots of cars sitting in that park and ride and I didn't think people would ride it if they didn't think it was worth it.

Thanks!
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Old 03-09-2007, 04:30 AM
 
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Can you give me some feedback on CATS. I'm thinking about taking the 77x in Huntersville down to Church st in Center City. Do you think it's more convienient than driving down yourself and parking?
I would highly recommend taking the 77X over commuting. Saves gas money, wear and tear on your vehicle, parking expenses. Plus, you can sleep, read the paper, work on your laptop, etc. while commuting.
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Old 03-09-2007, 10:19 AM
 
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I would highly recommend taking the 77X over commuting. Saves gas money, wear and tear on your vehicle, parking expenses. Plus, you can sleep, read the paper, work on your laptop, etc. while commuting.

Thanks so much for the feedback. I have never commuted that way before and was a little leery. I guess I feel out of control if I'm not driving myself but it makes sense to take the bus. I agree the wear and tear on your car and the parking and gas expenses make it pretty attractive. Thanks again!
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