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Old 11-09-2012, 02:49 PM
 
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Default Possible commute San Rafael(Home) to Santa Clara(Work)?

Hello,

I was wondering if anyone has any advice about a possible work in Santa Clara, home in San Rafael situation.

Specifically, google maps says that I-580+I-880 is the recommended route for this commute with a commute length of 60.1 miles.

Now 60 miles is not optimal but is certainly feasible with reasonable traffic. I am just wondering how this commute will be during rush hours (going to work at 7-8AM, going home at 5-6PM)? I am a native of the midwest and just started work here in October so I really don't know how bad 880 is during rush hour.

Thank you,

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Old 11-09-2012, 06:54 PM
 
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Is this a joke? There is no way at all that is a reasonable or feasible commute. There is no easy commute if you were to really consider that.

580 across to 880 then the huge bottle neck through Berkeley and the Macarthur Maze and 880 on south to Santa Clara is horrible as well. I would guess it would be easily a 3 hr commute each way.

I wouldn't even consider going down 101 through SF either. I would just find either another place to live if the job is that good or find another job if your house is that nice.

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Hello,

I was wondering if anyone has any advice about a possible work in Santa Clara, home in San Rafael situation.

Specifically, google maps says that I-580+I-880 is the recommended route for this commute with a commute length of 60.1 miles.

Now 60 miles is not optimal but is certainly feasible with reasonable traffic. I am just wondering how this commute will be during rush hours (going to work at 7-8AM, going home at 5-6PM)? I am a native of the midwest and just started work here in October so I really don't know how bad 880 is during rush hour.

Thank you,

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Old 11-09-2012, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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If you made it each way in under two hours you should consider yourself lucky. It's too far to commute. Even if you shifted your commute two hours earlier or two hours later you're still looking at 1hr 20min each way.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:11 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
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As the others have said, a stress inducing commute in both directions. My colleague commutes from SF (Mission District) to Santa Clara, 3 days a week (works from home the other 2 days) via I-280 and on some days, it is already too difficult to bear.
He has told me on a few occasions: "I am considering quitting, due to the commute".
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:22 PM
 
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As the others have said, a stress inducing commute in both directions. My colleague commutes from SF (Mission District) to Santa Clara, 3 days a week (works from home the other 2 days) via I-280 and on some days, it is already too difficult to bear.
He has told me on a few occasions: "I am considering quitting, due to the commute".

Thanks everyone for the input.. I checked google maps around 5PM and it says 1 hr 40 minutes from SC to SR and that was already bad enough. Just wanted to be sure.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:41 PM
 
Location: earth?
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No, you do not want to do this. Trust me.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:40 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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I've done test commutes. From Santa Clara/Great America Pkwy via 237, it took me an hour just to get to Union City. 2+ hours to Oakland. I imagine another 1/2 hour minimum to get to San Rafael.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:00 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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It's nasty but doable.
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Petaluma, CA
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Really gives you an idea of how huge and thorny the Bay Area can be, huh.
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