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Old 09-18-2015, 08:38 AM
 
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I make the unfourtunate drive from Plano to dallas and back at least two times a day. My issue is with the southbound commute.

I used to commute on a different tollway( 121 going south) so this is my first year doing the DNT weekday morning/ rush hour commute. I have tried leaving earlier, later, right on time, five minutes more or less and no matter what i do, i'm stuck driving at 15 mph or less, all the the way down that miserably narrow tollway all the way to dallas/635. What should be a 15-20 minute drive on a normal day takes about 40 minutes to more than an hour southbound depending on whether someone forgot to air up their tires and gets stuck on the side or not. The fact that i'm paying for this torture makes it intolerable. The service roads are a mess in addison and havent saved me any time or aggravation. I sometimes use Preston and it at least it moves faster but for some reason takes longer. Maybe its all the stopping on days when i seem to have a succession of red lights.

I have a new understanding of the term 'soul crushing commute'. I used to think 121 could be rough but i'm finding this worse. This is like 35 without the available exits and alternates.

Does anyone have an alternative route to get to the hillcrest/university park area besides the DNT or Preston routes? Back roads, anything? If i'm stuck with Preston or the tollway then i'm stuck. I'd just like to know if i'm alone in my frustration and if alternates exist that i havent considered.

I'm afraid that one of these mornings i will finally blow my top a la Micheal Douglas in Falling Down and take a bat to my own car.....Then walk back home and never drive again.
Hi... please step off the soap box.

/ step on

I drive 90 minutes each way from Little Elm to Dallas. NON TOLLS. I do it because I want to get paid.

/step off

I feel your pain brotha. I was paying $200 a month to drive on that hellish tollway. Sports Radio helps me A LOT. Never take the service roads. Those are nightmares.

Adjust your starting time possibly? I used to get on DNT at 6:15AM and I would make it to Dallas by 7-7:15AM.
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Old 09-18-2015, 09:12 AM
 
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Hi... please step off the soap box.

/ step on

I drive 90 minutes each way from Little Elm to Dallas. NON TOLLS. I do it because I want to get paid.

/step off

I feel your pain brotha. I was paying $200 a month to drive on that hellish tollway. Sports Radio helps me A LOT. Never take the service roads. Those are nightmares.

Adjust your starting time possibly? I used to get on DNT at 6:15AM and I would make it to Dallas by 7-7:15AM.


NINETY MINUTES?????? I cant even fathom.....goodness.

That said if the money is right... I MIGHT consider it..... No, i'll move.... I cant. Your situation makes me want a drink.

There is a drop off involved in my commute so starting time isn't all that flexible. I got a good option on here, i'll drive it this weekend and do it monday.

90 minutes!! I feel lucky now. Geez.
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Old 09-18-2015, 09:22 AM
 
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Not really trying to be snarky here but its going to sound like it... if this isn't a temporary commute why don't you consider moving to Dallas?
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Old 09-18-2015, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Not really trying to be snarky here but its going to sound like it... if this isn't a temporary commute why don't you consider moving to Dallas?
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Old 09-18-2015, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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Not really trying to be snarky here but its going to sound like it... if this isn't a temporary commute why don't you consider moving to Dallas?
I'm not the OP, but schools could be a BIG reason.
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Old 09-18-2015, 09:34 AM
 
Location: garland
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I know someone who drives the DNT from Prosper to the AAC area every day. The money isn't that great but his alternative is to be a stay at home dad and his kids drive him crazy so work is his refuge.
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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I make the unfourtunate drive from Plano to dallas and back at least two times a day. My issue is with the southbound commute.

I used to commute on a different tollway( 121 going south) so this is my first year doing the DNT weekday morning/ rush hour commute. I have tried leaving earlier, later, right on time, five minutes more or less and no matter what i do, i'm stuck driving at 15 mph or less, all the the way down that miserably narrow tollway all the way to dallas/635. What should be a 15-20 minute drive on a normal day takes about 40 minutes to more than an hour southbound depending on whether someone forgot to air up their tires and gets stuck on the side or not. The fact that i'm paying for this torture makes it intolerable. The service roads are a mess in addison and havent saved me any time or aggravation. I sometimes use Preston and it at least it moves faster but for some reason takes longer. Maybe its all the stopping on days when i seem to have a succession of red lights.

I have a new understanding of the term 'soul crushing commute'. I used to think 121 could be rough but i'm finding this worse. This is like 35 without the available exits and alternates.

Does anyone have an alternative route to get to the hillcrest/university park area besides the DNT or Preston routes? Back roads, anything? If i'm stuck with Preston or the tollway then i'm stuck. I'd just like to know if i'm alone in my frustration and if alternates exist that i havent considered.

I'm afraid that one of these mornings i will finally blow my top a la Micheal Douglas in Falling Down and take a bat to my own car.....Then walk back home and never drive again.
Have you ever considered "Park & Drive" and DART?
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:04 AM
 
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Not really trying to be snarky here but its going to sound like it... if this isn't a temporary commute why don't you consider moving to Dallas?

Children.... Those pesky things need a good education.

If i was to move it would have to be in HPISD territory or Lakewood just in case private schools dont work out. South Dallas would have me in the same commute situation different direction albeit cheaper. But again... Schools.

Someday i will buy a 60's ranch in Hillcrest or University park somewhere, tear that thing down and build the largest most obnoxious McMansion anyone ever saw on a lot that small. Or maybe a minimalist barely there modern ranch. Or maybe i'll just renovate and french country up the old thing.

I dream about it. To no end. But my accountant stops that dream dead in its tracks at least once a year. We are working on things that will make that a possibility but that is years away.

So no, thats not happening. Not soon anyway.
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:08 AM
 
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NINETY MINUTES?????? I cant even fathom.....goodness.

That said if the money is right... I MIGHT consider it..... No, i'll move.... I cant. Your situation makes me want a drink.

There is a drop off involved in my commute so starting time isn't all that flexible. I got a good option on here, i'll drive it this weekend and do it monday.

90 minutes!! I feel lucky now. Geez.
I know. Far West Plano is the best location in Collin County for commuting south, others are much worse off. My friend recently moved to McKinney and he is on the verge of quitting his job in Irving.
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:08 AM
 
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Have you ever considered "Park & Drive" and DART?
I have and the one off DNT is so very close to me. However the schedules didn't work for my needs. I lived in Las Colinas a while back and did the Park and Ride on weekdays and it was a sanity and gas saver.

I do wish they had more Transit options though, this conversation wouldnt be necessary.
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