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Old 09-11-2013, 02:54 PM
 
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Not sure if this is the right place to ask this question. But I can't find information elsewhere now.

I'm considering doing carpool because currently I take Patco to commute to work. It takes me 70 minutes each way (20minutes driving to train station+20 minutes patco+10 subway train+time spent in connection). It's becoming unbearable. I think driving may be better (according to google map estimates, around 40 minutes). If anyone knows information about this type of carpool, I appreciate very much.
Thanks a lot.
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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Driving may not be that much better because getting from B Franklin bridge to Univerity City is not an easy task during traffic hours. I commute from Mt. Laurel to Old City and it is not a bad commute even during traffic hours. On the few occasion when I have to get to Penn area in the morning. It was a nightmare. Avoiding 676 helps but not not much better.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:25 AM
 
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Thank you for reply.
Really? On google map it's about 40 minutes driving, but I know this could not be true. Now I changed the patco train station from woodcrest to ashland, which saves me about 5-8 minutes each way. Still the commute is such a pain...
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:04 AM
 
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I don't know of any car pools that do this. Probably the best way to find out is asking around at your office and seeing if anyone is in the same situation.

As far as driving goes, the key is to not take Ben Franklin. You can go like you are going to Ben, but then continue on 130 South through Collingswood to pick up the entrance for Walt Whitman. Once you cross Walt stay on 76 West and then exit at the sign for University Avenue. I used to work at 50th and Baltimore and that is how I went to work everyday. From Collingswood it took me about 30 minutes, with 10 of that being the slog down Baltimore.

If 76 is FUBAR, after you cross Walt get on Delaware Ave./Columbus Blvd. and then hop on Washington Ave. Take Washington down to Grey's Ferry Ave. which then runs into University.
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:16 PM
 
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Where in Cherry Hill? Would the Atlantic City Line, which has a stop in Cherry Hill be good for this? Not sure where you're going in University City, but it stops at 30th Street Station.
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ area
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Where in Cherry Hill? Would the Atlantic City Line, which has a stop in Cherry Hill be good for this? Not sure where you're going in University City, but it stops at 30th Street Station.
The Atlantic City Line would seem like the best option in this scenario. A one seat ride from Cherry Hill to University City. It will get you there quicker than the Patco.
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:07 AM
 
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Thank you for your suggestion.
I looked at the Atlantic city line, it will be about 17 min for me to drive to the station, and 30 min ride to 30th street, and then 6 blocks to walk. That would be near an hour, a bit shorter than what I take now. But the biggest problem is that the atlantic line is not as frequent. There is only one train I can take to get to work in time, and if I miss that I would have to wait for more than an hour for the next one...

Anyway, thank you for your reply. Maybe I just need to accept this reality, that is, no matter how you try, you still end up spending 2 hours (or more) on commute. Before I moved here, I stayed in Wisconsin, and Minnesota. I had never heard anyone spend so much time on commute. I used to walk 10 minutes to get to work. Now I miss the life in small cities. It's so hard for me to love Philly with the traffic! Sorry, I just want to vent here.

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The Atlantic City Line would seem like the best option in this scenario. A one seat ride from Cherry Hill to University City. It will get you there quicker than the Patco.
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Cherry Hill, NJ
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Are you taking into account what you would pay to park in University City?

I do this exact commute, and have been doing it for about 6 years, and I absolutely abhor it.
Haven't really found a good alternative.

The Atlantic City line would be great as it takes the subway out of play, but the frequency shoots that in the foot.
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