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Old 03-18-2009, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Memphis, TN
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I just accepted a job downtown, which is a very easy commute from our home in Alta Vista (Mulberry and San Pedro). Unfortunately, I have to train at our office at 1604/I-10 for several months. I'm assuming it will be a reverse commute, but I'm curious as to how the traffic will be both going in the morning and coming home. Does the traffice still get backed up? Any idea on how long the commute will take getting on I-10 at Hildebrand up to 1604/I-10? My main concern is how much time I'll have to get home and pick my son up from daycare.

Thanks for any input!
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:11 PM
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Location: Georgia
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I just accepted a job downtown, which is a very easy commute from our home in Alta Vista (Mulberry and San Pedro). Unfortunately, I have to train at our office at 1604/I-10 for several months. I'm assuming it will be a reverse commute, but I'm curious as to how the traffic will be both going in the morning and coming home. Does the traffice still get backed up? Any idea on how long the commute will take getting on I-10 at Hildebrand up to 1604/I-10? My main concern is how much time I'll have to get home and pick my son up from daycare.

Thanks for any input!

I'm not familiar with traffic in those areas, but I imagine that others may be able to help you if you give them an idea of what times "in the morning and coming home" will be!
Do you have a few days to "practice" before you actually start the training? May help to become famliar with off IH10 options...

Congrats on the job!!
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:14 PM
 
Location: West Creek
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IH 10 and 1604 Traffic Jam hours: 720am-~845am, 11:45am-~1300, 1430-~.... you dont want to know.... but I'll tell you anyway:b, around 1800 if everything goes okay, and no accident/incident happens, and somehow our stupid drivers realize what a "yield" sign means.
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Memphis, TN
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I'm working 8:00 to 5:00, so I'll hit the rush hour. I might be able to have a little flexibility and leave by 4:30, but that would be the earliest.

Thanks again for the input.
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:32 PM
 
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But you're going in reverse right? From Alta Vista W/NW on I-10 in morning rush and east on I-10 in pm rush?

Morning isn't bad at all. PM hits a little pocket around I-10/410 interchange but not bad. Morning I'd say 15-20 minutes max on the highway, depends on how much time it takes you to get to and from the highway (lights and such). I'd add some extra time coming home (I don't know why that pocket is worse on the return), but not much.

The other direction - yuk!
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:47 AM
 
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Hubby does that commute - from 10/UTSA blvd all the way down to SW General hospital. He's going in on 10 in the wee early morning and coming back in afternoon, not doing the reverse, but even that far never takes him more than 45 minutes during afternoon rush hour. So I'd say you could do it in 15-20 minutes if you are only going from 1604 to Hildebrand on 10.
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Memphis, TN
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Thanks everyone! Yes, I'm doing the reverse commute, so it sounds like it won't be too bad. My son's preschool opens at 7:30 and closes at 5:30, so I was just concerned about whether it would be possible to drop him off and pick him off during that window. I'll be happy when I'm doing the very short commute downtown. Yet another reason that I love living where we do!
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:02 AM
 
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The worst traffic in the medical area is on the surface roads, so if you have easy highway access, it shouldn't be a problem, but I might try to leave a bit before 5 just to be safe. You shouldn't have any issues getting to work by 8AM if you're leaving that area at 7:30.

FWIW - I work near 410/10, daycare is on the southside (37/military). It can take me close to an hour if I leave at 5pm, but most of that is delay is about 15 mins just to get to the highway at 5pm and then transversing downtown. If I can make it to downtown by 5pm, it's only 30 mins or less. For that reason, my husband usually does pick up


I wish I still worked downtown. I could walk and be happy
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Like a lot of people have said, the worst part of the commute is going to be the actual getting on and off of 1604 during those times of day. I don't reverse commute, I go downtown and see everyone headed that way and can imagine that 1604 is pretty busy. Unless there is an accident or some seriously bad weather though, I'd give it 25-30 minutes to get there just because you are going at the height of rush hour. I'm driving from De Zavala to Zarzamora at about 8:30 and it takes me exactly 20 minutes without any bad traffic (that sounds about the same doesn't it?)
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