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Old 11-12-2008, 11:05 PM
 
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Hi there... anyone have experience driving the Mass Pike toward Boston during the morning commute (and back in the afternoon commute)?

Specifically, I'd be interested in knowing how traffic is in the morning (leaving ~7:00AM) from the Rt. 495/Rt. 90 Mass Pike interchange (Southborough area) to Route 95 North, then as far north as Rt. 3 (Burlington area).

Trying to decide whether to even bother for applying jobs that would require such a commute.

Thanks for the info, if you got it!
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:53 AM
 
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Offhand, I'd think that you would stay on 495 North to Rt.3 North for Burlington. I don't think there's any reason to get to 95N, never mind no way.
I live next to 495. I used to drive to Malden (up on 93) and the way I went was 495N, then to 3 North (and for me, then 93 N).
I think no matter how you do it, it's a bit of a haul, although it sounds like you might be going against traffic on rt. 3. I would certainly try it out before making any commitment, but it might be managable. The longest part is, I think, from Southborough to the 495 interchange. That might make it undoable.
Good luck.
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:04 AM
 
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I agree that avoiding 95 is best. The Mass Pike/Rt 95 interchange often gets really jammed.
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Old 11-13-2008, 12:37 PM
 
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If you follow the avoid 95 advice, you will end up doing... 495N, 3S.

3S from 495 to Burlington isn't a cake walk. At that hour, I'd guess it would take 30 minutes to make that run just for that stretch. 20 minutes if people behave and potentially a lot more (I've seen ~50 minutes) on rain days.
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Old 11-13-2008, 03:21 PM
 
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Thanks for that feedback!

OK, being new to the area, I described 495/90 because it was as a familiar reference point, but it looks like I'd be getting on the Mass Pike from Route 9 (so in Framingham, I guess?).

Then depending on whether jobs were Burlington, Lexington, Bedford (etc.), YahooMaps pointed me to 90E/95N/3N.

Sounds like 90/95 is the bear.

For reference, I'd probably (reluctantly) accept a 45-min commute (when no traffic), and up to 1 hour on bad traffic days.

UGH.
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Old 11-13-2008, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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I drive 95 from Dedham to Lynnfield about once a week and the whole route is usually moving at (or really, well above) the limit. I think 90 and the 90/95 interchange would be the issue, not 95 itself. If ever there is traffic it's from Dedham to the 90/95 interchange and maybe a little heavy up to 2.
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Old 11-17-2008, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Newton, Mass.
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Thanks for that feedback!

OK, being new to the area, I described 495/90 because it was as a familiar reference point, but it looks like I'd be getting on the Mass Pike from Route 9 (so in Framingham, I guess?).

Then depending on whether jobs were Burlington, Lexington, Bedford (etc.), YahooMaps pointed me to 90E/95N/3N.

Sounds like 90/95 is the bear.

For reference, I'd probably (reluctantly) accept a 45-min commute (when no traffic), and up to 1 hour on bad traffic days.

UGH.
yahoo maps is correct at any time other than rush hour. I await being overruled by anyone who actually has to drive these roads during the morning rush, but it seems to me you'd do almost as well from Framingham to Burlington on the back roads. The drive on 126 is quite pretty. Just a thought.

About the Pike: I just headed out the other way this morning and it was a breeze heading west but the traffic eastbound was pretty heavy, or at least thick, from the 128 interchange back to at least Framingham at 6:45-7:00.
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:46 PM
 
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Thanks for the continued input.

Ugh... sounds rough. I'll check out the back roads, too.

[I'll be trying during rush hour eventually of course, but one or two data points won't compare to those out there who do it every day.]
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