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Old 01-20-2013, 10:36 AM
 
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Hi,

I am considering moving to westport with my husband and baby daughter. We love the town, the beach, the schools and the amenities the the town has to offer. My concern is the commute to NYC as a new mom. How bad is it? My husband does not have to commute and can move his office locally. I want to continue my career (which I enjoy and not out of financial necessity) which is only in nyc. Are there other working moms? Any that commute to NYC? I really want to live in westport but, that is my biggest concern.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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It is a pretty long commute. Train time alone is a little over an hour. I suggest you check out transit times on the MTA site and also consider time to/from Westport and time to/from your location in NYC.

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Old 01-20-2013, 02:13 PM
 
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What about percentage of working moms in the town? How many moms are commuting to NYC?
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:13 PM
 
Location: New London County, CT
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I live in town-- I commute in to New York City once a week or so. I would be lying if I said that commuting to Manhattan isn't a male dominated avocation-- But there are certainly women making the daily commute. I imagine a number of them have children. Of my partner and my Westport friends we know only of one mom who commutes in to the city and she does so about three times a week...

Regarding working mom's who aren't necessarily commuters-- They are abundant. Our accountant and attorney are both working moms who live in town. Our neighbor is a working mom who teaches elementary school in Fairfield, and another owns some kind of small business.

YOu certainly won't be the only working mom in Westport-- and even if you were-- Who cares? It's a great town and if you and your husband can make it work, go for it!
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:35 PM
 
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I lived in Westport for 25 years and commuted probably around 15 of those years, starting when my kids were 5 and 1 years old. It was very tough and I was exhausted all the time, but I was then going down to Wall Street. There are definitely other moms who do the commute.

Obviously what really helps is a supportive husband who can be home if a kid needs a parent, and/or a good nanny.

ETA: Westport is a wonderful town and the schools cannot be beat. Love the library. When we downsized, we moved 500 feet over the border into Norwalk. Same friends, same stores, etc.
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:38 PM
 
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Thank you masloff. Is finding parking at the main station difficult without a pass?
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:49 PM
 
Location: New London County, CT
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Thank you masloff. Is finding parking at the main station difficult without a pass?
No It's not difficult. It's basically impossible. My partner drops me off at the station when I go in to the city-- or I take a cab. There are a bunch of pay-by-the-day spots, but I've never seen one empty on a weekday when I go in.
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:03 PM
 
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My office is on 39/7th ave so I would be hoping on the shuttle over from GCS. Not as bad as going all the way downtown. My husband would move his office locally so that helps in case there is some emergency he is there quick.

I have been focusing on getting close to the main train station - I heard green farms is easier to find parking. Should I be looking closer to there? Green farms/long lots area?
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:40 AM
 
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It is not easy to find parking at *any* station if you commute during peak hours. Stations have very long wait lists for permits (as in years). Westport is no more/less busy than any other.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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What about percentage of working moms in the town? How many moms are commuting to NYC?
There are some, but the town is flooded with moms during the day! It's mostly males making the commute.

Don't know if it really matters though. It's up to you whether the commute is worth it or not. There are other towns closer to NYC that are just as nice as Westport, like Greenwich.
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