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Old 07-13-2011, 01:04 PM
 
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I live in the annapolis area and it takes me a good 40-45 min on a good day. So, if you left real early maybe about 3:00 hours. Note in the summer on Fridays the Bay bridge is a mess in the afternoon. You can take 95 south. Ether way its a drive.

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Old 07-13-2011, 01:44 PM
 
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Is there a train that would get me to Baltimore from Newark, DE? And from there I could take public transportation to get to Columbia? Or, is that idea just as impracticle as driving?

Another question: Is there a flow to traffic? Here in San Diego, a freeway may be a nightmare going North in the morning but if you're headed south it's much easier. Is it like that in this area? or is the traffic bad in both directions in morning and evening?
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:58 PM
 
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So, there is no way to stay relatively close to Philly and make a commute to Columbia, MD. My friends are all in Philly so wanted to stay close, plus I hear the baltimore area is not so great.
You will have a hard time staying close to Phily and working in Columbia. Although you didn't ask, living in Newark doesn't seem like a terrific idea to me. In addition to the arduous commute to and from work each day (which I could only imagine would become more and more wearing as time unfolds), you are still not close to Philly. How much energy would you really have to head up to Philly after returning from Columbia?

I note your concerns about Baltimore. Have you visited? There are some great neighborhoods such as Federal Hill, Fells Point, Harbor East, Mt Vernon and others. As affordable as Philly is, Baltimore is more so. On top of it, it would be an easy train ride to see your friends in Philly for the occasional weekend. I'd say you owe it to yourself to go for a visit.

Best of luck
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:09 PM
 
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This is all so disappointing to hear. I was hoping it was some how do-able to be in DE and travel to Columbia....I guess I'll have to figure something else out.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:38 PM
 
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On the east coast there is an extensive discount bus system which would take you roundtrip from DC to Philly for 20-30 dollars. Some people spend that on parking alone. Since you'll be commuting more than hanging with them, I'd say live close to work, within metro to DC or Baltimore, and take the bus from there to Philly.

Logically, it figures to have a comfy commute to work, and bus it up to Philly. You could get out of work at 5, catch the bus at 6, be in Center city Philly by 8, have your fun with your friends, crash, and head back at 6 and be at work on time. You could spend every weekend with your friends as well. By the way, Baltimore and Washington are both awesome towns in their own right.

Here, I looked this up for you:



Departs 6:50 AM Baltimore, White Marsh Mall

Arrives 8:50 AM Philadelphia, 30th St Station


2hrs 0mins
Megabus PHL

1 seat = $9.00


http://us.megabus.com/?tag=google09s...FSI55QodwG9K0A


http://us.megabus.com/JourneyResults.aspx

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Old 07-14-2011, 02:26 PM
 
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Good idea, Thanks!!
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:30 PM
 
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I work in Columbia, MD and am moving back to Newark, DE next week. I plan to do the commute 2/3 days per week. Over the last few weeks I have been timing it and if you leave around 6am, it takes about an hour and 20 minutes to get to Columbia (area near I-95). What part of Columbia are you talking about? There are parts of Columbia that are another 20-30 minutes from I-95? I looked into MARC and Amtrak and it was too difficult and Amtrak only takes you to BWI.
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:53 PM
 
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It is on Benjamin Franklin Drive, if that helps. Not sure what part of Columbia that is. It says that is located on the I-95 Corridor. 1 hour and 20 minutes does not seem that bad, especially for this job.

Someone earlier said that Newark, DE is not that close to Philly, is that true? I thought it was about 25 miles away, am I way off? Is it farther than that?

Thanks!!
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Old 07-20-2011, 02:19 PM
 
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Not sure what the mileage is between Newark and Phlly but traffic congestion in Chester is somethign you would have to contend with between those two.
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Old 07-20-2011, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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You can drive from Newark to Philly in about 40 minutes, give or take. If there is a backup, it is usually in Chester, especially around the Barry Bridge. However, there are back roads that will take you around any backups. You would need to be adventurous since you would be traveling into Chester. There are also train stations along that route and it would be easy to park and take the train into town. Just make sure that you have a schedule. DM me if you want to know where the local stations are.
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