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Old 10-22-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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Default How is the daily commute to SF from San Jose in the morning?

How is the daily commute to SF from San Jose in the morning?
How is driving vs taking the Cal-Train Bullet Train?
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:58 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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If you leave at 7:15am, you would have about a 50/50 chance of making it by 9am by car, depending on the part of San Francisco you're going to. Caltrain is under an hour when it's not delayed by accidents on the track (too frequent).
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:03 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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If you take the 280, it's like being repeatedly punched in the kidney.

If you take the 101, it's more like a rusty needle shoved up your pee hole.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:31 PM
 
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The night I got off the bus in boot camp is nothing compared to that commute.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Los Gatos, CA
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If you leave at 7:15am, you would have about a 50/50 chance of making it by 9am by car, depending on the part of San Francisco you're going to. Caltrain is under an hour when it's not delayed by accidents on the track (too frequent).
Also, to boot, where in San Jose you're coming from is going to make an enormous difference. San Jose is a seemingly unplanned urban/suburban sprawl, and someone coming from west or north San Jose is going to have a markedly easier time of it than someone who has to traverse most of San Jose as well.

280, IMHO has always been a bit better. At the very least, you'll have prettier scenery to look at while you're stuck in traffic.

You might also consider moving somewhere closer to the East Bay, allowing you to take BART into the city. Only consider that option though if you would be indeed be able to take BART. Commuting up 880 during rush hour makes the 101/280 commute seem like the Indy 500.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Upper East, NY
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The few times I had to do it, one-offs, 280 got me there without a big delay. No bunchup until Glen Park (when 280 curves east to meet 101), and clear again past 101 when 280 has a stub section that goes past Bayview and ends up in China Basin.
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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How is the daily commute to SF from San Jose in the morning?
How is driving vs taking the Cal-Train Bullet Train?

Ummm.... real easy to answer that one: NOT GOOD

I did that commute on Caltrain for 9 months and got really tired of it.
My wife currently does it on CAltrain and is almost fed up with. She's been doing it for 1.5 year and she's looking for another job closer to home because spending 2.5 hours/day minimum on the commute is a draining waste of energy.

If you're going to commute anywhere from SJ make it REdwood City or Palo Alto.
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:12 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Simple answer: Live near where you work. Nowhere is that more appropriate than the Bay Area.

Unless we're talking about L.A.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:05 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Simple answer: Live near where you work.
And move every 2-3 years?
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:18 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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And move every 2-3 years?
Keep your job, and live near it.
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