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Old 02-11-2019, 02:49 PM
 
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I am in IT and my job has me contracted/consulting out in NYC since the beginning of December. I am in Manhattan near the Empire State Building. I drive from Wethersfield to West Haven and can usually get there within 35 minutes since I leave early enough to avoid traffic. Of course my job covers all expenses: parking at the train station, train ticket, hotel, food, etc. This company loves the work I am doing and is thinking about proposing to my job that they make me their new in-house desktop technician.

I love working out here and enjoy the balance of a busy work week in the city, to relax in quiet suburb on the weekends. They also said they would probably only need me for 3 days a week, since I finished migrating everyone to Windows 10, and took care of some other pressing matters. I honestly don't mind the drive to the train station, as well as the train ride. I sleep on the train until we get to GCT. On my rides home, I eat dinner and stream shows until we approach West Haven.

Total travel time between driving to the train station and the train ride is around 2hr 10m. My girlfriend isn't much of a fan of the traveling, but she knows it's a great experience and a major chance for me to grow in my career, so she does support it. I was wondering if anyone else does extreme commuting like this and what your thoughts are, as well as any advice you can give me.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I have a long commute 3-4 days a week, but not that long. I have a 4 minute drive to station and ~90 minute express. And my office is walking distance from GCT. I don’t mind it. The pay off and having a great house in an area I love is worth it, for me.

You can move closer to the city and still have an affordable suburban existence like you do now. That commute seems beyond what 99.9% of people could handle.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:35 PM
 
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I am in IT and my job has me contracted/consulting out in NYC since the beginning of December. I am in Manhattan near the Empire State Building. I drive from Wethersfield to West Haven and can usually get there within 35 minutes since I leave early enough to avoid traffic. Of course my job covers all expenses: parking at the train station, train ticket, hotel, food, etc. This company loves the work I am doing and is thinking about proposing to my job that they make me their new in-house desktop technician.

I love working out here and enjoy the balance of a busy work week in the city, to relax in quiet suburb on the weekends. They also said they would probably only need me for 3 days a week, since I finished migrating everyone to Windows 10, and took care of some other pressing matters. I honestly don't mind the drive to the train station, as well as the train ride. I sleep on the train until we get to GCT. On my rides home, I eat dinner and stream shows until we approach West Haven.

Total travel time between driving to the train station and the train ride is around 2hr 10m. My girlfriend isn't much of a fan of the traveling, but she knows it's a great experience and a major chance for me to grow in my career, so she does support it. I was wondering if anyone else does extreme commuting like this and what your thoughts are, as well as any advice you can give me.











I would say that 9 out of 10 people would agree that this type of commute is not sustainable but if you like what you're doing and you don't mind the commute, then the more power to you!
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:40 PM
 
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I don’t think there are many, if any that would find this to be an acceptable commute, even just three days a week. I can understand your GF’s concerns. I had a friend that commuted from Glastonbury to Manhattan for a time but he stayed overnight there or with family in Westchester some of the time. Only you can decide if this is worthwhile or not. Good luck with this decision. Jay
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:37 AM
 
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Yes, I don't think I could do this kind of commute permanently, without staying at a hotel or getting an apartment up here. I would love to move closer, but my girlfriend bought a house back in 2017 before I met her, so she has no plans of moving. I am trying to find other options.
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:01 AM
 
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I did a 2 hour commute (by car) each way for 8 years. It eventually wears you down and if/when you add kids to the mix it becomes even more difficult.
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:08 AM
 
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I couldn’t do that commute once a week, nevermind three times.
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Yes, I don't think I could do this kind of commute permanently, without staying at a hotel or getting an apartment up here. I would love to move closer, but my girlfriend bought a house back in 2017 before I met her, so she has no plans of moving. I am trying to find other options.
Can you afford a cheap apartment in Westchester?
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:37 AM
 
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To clarify, in the 3-day-a-week scenario would you be staying down there the entire time or commuting back and forth three times a week? If it's just one back and forth commute a week you could probably do it for a while. If it's three times a week, hell no. Plus we've gotten lucky this winter without snow. I'm also in IT and used to commute from New Haven to a client right across the street from GTC once or twice a week and even that wore on me after a few years.

2h10 minutes also seems very optimistic, unless you're talking actual time on mass transit and not waiting for trains/subways, getting there a little early to park, etc.
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:42 AM
 
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Can you afford a cheap apartment in Westchester?



Not a bad option.



I know some hotels in Westchester offer discounted corporate rates during the week so you may want to look into that. I've seen some offer rooms as low as $99 (per night) during slower points of the week.
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