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Old 12-31-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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My wife and I are former lifelong CT residents currently living out of state and trying to plan our return home. We are weighing our options as far as where we are going in relation to our careers. I hold a license in my profession with the State of CT so we want to remain in CT so I can continue in my trade. My wife is looking at several options with her current employer, one of which, and the best option, would be a transfer to a Northampton MA facility. We have researched several CT/MA border towns, Granby, Suffield, Somers, Enfield, etc. All of which appear to be an OK commute (35-40 miles). Just curious to see if anyone out there has made this commute on a regular basis. I know Springfield can be a bit of a nightmare during rush hours. She will be working 2nd shift so would be traveling through there on off hours. We are thinking it might not be so bad? Not sure, but would like some input from someone who's done it.
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Off hours shouldn't be bad. Even rush hour in Springfield is a cinch compared to some areas of CT.
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Central CT, sometimes NH.
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I travel from Granby to New Hampshire on a regular basis. It's about 35 to 45 mins to North Hampton depending where you live in Granby. It takes me 35 mins from my house through Westfield/Mass Pike to 91 in Holyoke. North Hampton is another 10 mins. It is about the same if you stay on Route 10.

The only tie up can be in Westfield and that has not been an issue since they finished the bridge project.

If you live in Suffield/Enfield in the right place you could probably make the trip in 30 mins.
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:34 PM
 
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I travel from Granby to New Hampshire on a regular basis. It's about 35 to 45 mins to North Hampton depending where you live in Granby. It takes me 35 mins from my house through Westfield/Mass Pike to 91 in Holyoke. North Hampton is another 10 mins. It is about the same if you stay on Route 10.

The only tie up can be in Westfield and that has not been an issue since they finished the bridge project.

If you live in Suffield/Enfield in the right place you could probably make the trip in 30 mins.
Kind of what I thought. We are originally from south central CT and never really traveled 91 north through Mass except for the occasional day trip. Springfield never seemed to bad except for a few times I had been stuck in rush hour traffic on my way up to New Hampshire during hunting season. According to Google, it's 27 miles from the facility in Northampton to CT/MA border on 91. We would try to stay as close to the highway and border as we could. A few places we found in CT like Granby and Somers show a short distance but seems like a lot of back road driving initially before you hit Mass Pike then eventually follow that to 91 north. She has a 40 mile commute now and doesn't mind it too much except for the fact it is more back roads than highway. Would rather have the other way around.
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Central, CT
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A woman I work with commutes from noho to Hartford each day. Sometimes she's late but she says the commute is long more than anything. Just like any commute one accident can spoil the bunch. There are a decent amount of parallel routes if you want to try to get around it. The Springfield aerial portions have been reworked and are slightly wider than they used to be.
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Central CT, sometimes NH.
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Kind of what I thought. We are originally from south central CT and never really traveled 91 north through Mass except for the occasional day trip. Springfield never seemed to bad except for a few times I had been stuck in rush hour traffic on my way up to New Hampshire during hunting season. According to Google, it's 27 miles from the facility in Northampton to CT/MA border on 91. We would try to stay as close to the highway and border as we could. A few places we found in CT like Granby and Somers show a short distance but seems like a lot of back road driving initially before you hit Mass Pike then eventually follow that to 91 north. She has a 40 mile commute now and doesn't mind it too much except for the fact it is more back roads than highway. Would rather have the other way around.
The downside of Granby is that there is no easy way to get to 91. Even if you are on the Suffield border those backroads are going to take you at least 20 mins to get to 91 whether it be through Enfield, Agawam, or West Springfield. I've tried every way possible route living near the mass border but the fastest way to 91N for me has always been right through the center of Westfield to the Mass Pike. I'm on 91N in 35 mins.

Granby has benefits for privacy and living in a quiet community. However, another consideration when deciding whether to live in an area like Granby is the time that you will spend in your car other than commuting to take care of personal business. Grocery shopping and some doctors appointments can take place in town but towns like Suffield and Enfield have the added benefit of access to a wider availability of everyday conveniences. A trip to Home Depot, Walmart, or Target needs to be planned from northern Granby as it is a minimum of 30 to 35 mins to get there. My wife and I average 24,000 miles a year on each of our cars between work and household/school trips.
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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The OP does not give us any information on budget, the type of town they want or if they would be buying or renting. That information could help us help them to find a good town.

I would consider living in one of the border towns in Massachusetts like Longmeadow or Agawam. That way you could get to Connecticut easily and your wife would have a slightly easier commute. Even Enfield might work if you are on a budget. Jay
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