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Old 04-25-2014, 03:43 PM
 
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So I know we have discussed traffic on this parkway before and I am used to the changing patterns by now. It is now spring and for some reason spring brings carmageddon. I still cant figure out why. January thru March were fairly light.....for the Merritt......but once April 1st came, it was like someone turned on a switch of pure hell. This week was especially awful.
Besides that, one thing that has always been consistent is Friday nights.....could be Merrit,95 or 684......Friday night is a nightmare. Why? What makes Friday night any different from the other 4 nights?

This image below is from just now on Google maps. See the black in Stamford? That is an accident so that is random......but besides that Friday nights are horrible. 2 hours + sometimes
from Westchester to home. I'm not trying to sound like I am complaining, I have accepted my hell until I find a job in my field closer to home.......
Its more like trying to understand why?
Honestly, I have no idea how anyone could deal with a commute like that.
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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I am just wondering have all of you actually driven on the Merritt Pkwy and noticed a difference, because google maps isn't accurate traffic wise and it is almost always the least reliable traffic source. For real traffic information your probably the best calling 511. I once was driving up I-95 N though NYC and CT and google maps was all green, but I experienced 2 1 hour standstills (1 on the NYC CT Border) and 1 around Bridgeport Area.

It is true that the Merritt Pkwy can be congested at those times, and usually after april 1 people start heading for cape cod and places especially people who live in Southwest CT and are trying to avoid I-95 traffic by taking CT-15 instead. Thats probably why it is worse in the summer (everybody goes to Cape Cod) except me LOL. Anyway that is most likely the reason.
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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Besides that, one thing that has always been consistent is Friday nights.....could be Merrit,95 or 684......Friday night is a nightmare. Why? What makes Friday night any different from the other 4 nights?
LOL thats why when I take trips to Boston Suburbs and Maine I usually don't even waste my time going through CT. I always go up the Taconic State Pkwy and take I-90 E unless I am driving in the summer.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:04 PM
 
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I am just wondering have all of you actually driven on the Merritt Pkwy and noticed a difference, because google maps isn't accurate traffic wise and it is almost always the least reliable traffic source. For real traffic information your probably the best calling 511. I once was driving up I-95 N though NYC and CT and google maps was all green, but I experienced 2 1 hour standstills (1 on the NYC CT Border) and 1 around Bridgeport Area.
That was a fluke. I find it 100% accurate. It relies on gps data. It can tell how fast the cars are moving.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:06 PM
 
Location: CT, New England
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I just Googled Taconic State Parkway and wow! It looks like a really beautiful parkway. Is it the NY equivalent of the Merritt?
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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It's new yorkers/nyc metro area going north for the weekend! It adds to the already congested highway.
That doesn't explain the randomly higher volume throughout the week though.
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Old 04-25-2014, 05:13 PM
 
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Yeah, it's that time of the year when i start doing the backroads through the no exit zone.
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Old 04-25-2014, 05:39 PM
 
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That doesn't explain the randomly higher volume throughout the week though.
Yes, but Fridays going north are absolute worst all throughout the year.
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Old 04-25-2014, 05:43 PM
 
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Honestly, I have no idea how anyone could deal with a commute like that.
Money and my job. Unfortunately, I don't have the type of job that you can transfer easily. Car dealers here in CT don't pay the same.
We are looking though.
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Old 04-25-2014, 05:49 PM
 
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Money and my job. Unfortunately, I don't have the type of job that you can transfer easily. Car dealers here in CT don't pay the same.
We are looking though.
It seems to me a gm at a car dealer is a job you could take anywhere. You could find a job in Timbuktu. Anywhere there are roads. lol Is there a huge salary difference between fairfield county and farther norther in the car industry?
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