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Old 10-19-2010, 06:15 AM
 
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Hi, I'm moving to New Hope, PA, and seeking employment in Philadelphia. How would you commute by public transportation? I've applied for a job at Temple at North Broad Street. Is an hour commute by bus/train possible?

GoogleMaps says driving takes 65 minutes, but I tried it once at 7:30ish, and it took almost 90 minutes because of traffic. I am not used to commuting by car, so I prefer not to drive.

Trains aren't available in New Hope, so I would have to drive to another town. What is the best way, Amtrak from Trenton? SEPTA from Yardley? Or is there a bus somewhere?

Thanks very much!
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Old 10-19-2010, 07:22 AM
 
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I found this old thread, but the replies don't make it seem very convenient Getting to New Hope, PA
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Old 10-19-2010, 07:51 AM
 
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That thread has some ideas.

Definitely drive to a close by Septa Regional Rail stop, park for the day, and take the train in to the city. Yardley is one possibility (Maybe Langhorne, or Neshaminy Falls), as are the stops between Doylestown and Chalfont. A long shot might be Septa from Trenton.

You should try a few of these, and determine which one works the best during commute time, factoring in traffic, frequency of trains, fare zones, and ease of access to parking at the station stops. Things like being able to do some errands, stop at a dry cleaners or grocery store on the way home, are also considerations. A first guess would be Yardley, though.
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Old 10-19-2010, 10:08 AM
 
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I would've guessed Yardley, too -- thanks for suggesting the other towns. Would you have any idea if the SEPTA goes directly to Temple? Also, would you know of any buses from any nearby town to North Philadelphia? Thanks again.
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:00 AM
 
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Yes, Septa goes to Temple, you'll be taking express trains and most of them stop at Temple. Cross off anything from Trenton, its further away and you'll add to your commuting expense by traveling across the bridge unnecessarily each day. Yardley and Doylestown are better options.
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:13 AM
 
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Yes, Septa goes to Temple, you'll be taking express trains and most of them stop at Temple. Cross off anything from Trenton, its further away and you'll add to your commuting expense by traveling across the bridge unnecessarily each day. Yardley and Doylestown are better options.
FYI, the Scudder Falls Bridge (I-95) is the only bridge in the region over the Delaware River that is toll free in both directions.

But nothing gets by those geniuses we elect to state government on both sides of the river. In a few years they are planning to add tolls in both directions. Moderator Cut: Off-topic.

In hindsight I was thinking the West Trenton Septa station, which is pretty close on the NJ side of the first exit off the Scudder Falls Bridge
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Old 10-19-2010, 12:00 PM
 
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NO.

The New Hope/Lambertville bridge is free.
I thought you pay in one direction on that bridge.
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Old 10-19-2010, 12:05 PM
 
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FYI, the Scudder Falls Bridge (I-95) is the only bridge in the region over the Delaware River that is toll free in both directions.

But nothing gets by those geniuses we elect to state government on both sides of the river. In a few years they are planning to add tolls in both directions.
I thought tolls were starting in 2011. Maybe that was just a proposal. I'm still not sure there's a benefit to crossing the river, wouldn't Yardley be a better option than West Trenton by proximity alone? I would assume so, but I'm guessing based on the areas, not specific addresses.

I've definitely paid coming back from Lambertville. If there's a free one, that's great, but make sure to specify which one.
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Old 10-19-2010, 05:57 PM
 
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Back to the OP, the SEPTA train stops at Temple University but not the hospital, so if you are working at the hospital you would have to switch to the subway, adding extra time to the trip.
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Old 10-27-2010, 01:46 PM
 
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Thanks, all, this has been very helpful.
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