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Old 07-16-2007, 01:04 PM
 
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Hi all,

Have never been to Washington state, but have always wanted to. Just got a job opportunity to work for 3 months in either Puyallup or Tacoma starting in October, but was wondering if it made sense (transportation wise) to live in Seattle and commute? How long, in your experience, would the am/pm commute from Seattle to Tacoma or Puyallup take? I think it is going against traffic - also saw that Sounder rail doesn't offer Tacoma to Seattle in am or other direction in pm. Also, how bad would it be to have a car in Seattle vs. relying on public transportation (live in Chicago now, which is v. public transportation friendly)? And how bad is the weather from Oct to Jan?

Thanks!,
Kiran
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Old 07-16-2007, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Steilacoom, WA by way of East Tennessee
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Hi all,

Have never been to Washington state, but have always wanted to. Just got a job opportunity to work for 3 months in either Puyallup or Tacoma starting in October, but was wondering if it made sense (transportation wise) to live in Seattle and commute? How long, in your experience, would the am/pm commute from Seattle to Tacoma or Puyallup take? I think it is going against traffic - also saw that Sounder rail doesn't offer Tacoma to Seattle in am or other direction in pm. Also, how bad would it be to have a car in Seattle vs. relying on public transportation (live in Chicago now, which is v. public transportation friendly)? And how bad is the weather from Oct to Jan?

Thanks!,
Kiran
I'd recommend that if you are not going to have a car here, live as close as you can to you temporary job and use mass transit or a bicycle, etc. To answer your commute question, you could not pay me to commute anywhere in the Puget sound area anymore, I'd recommend living near your job and visiting downtown Seattle if the need arises, but that's just me.

Good luck on your job, the area is beautiful, more so except for all of the people that moved there :-)

Tony
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:19 PM
 
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I grew up in Seattle, and spent some time in Chicagoland. DO NOT expect a public transportation system similar to Chicagoland. It simply doesn't exist, although they are trying. The auto still rules in this area. (and really, there is no "going against traffic" in Seattle/Tacoma anymore. Too many drivers going too many different directions. Driving from Seattle to Tacoma can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes, anytime of the day.

Tacoma is more affordable than Seattle. Puyallup isn't too bad, price-wise.

Weather during the winter is wet, cloudy, but rarely snows.
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:53 AM
 
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well, this is a little different situation..... if you're into central districts of larger cities, seattle has a great, thriving downtown with alot going on. BUT IT'S EXPENSIVE. traffic would not be quite as bad because you would be going against the flow, but i agree with pw72, it still would be a motha of a commute. oldtown/downtown puyallup is pretty cool imo. it has a nice feel to it. steer clear of the south hill [just south of puyallup] if possible though. it's suburban hell and traffic in and out of there is terrible gl kiran
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Puyallup
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Here is a thought. Driving from Puyallup to Kent (distance 20 mile north) is bad in the morning at 5:15. It took me 50 minutes to drive 20 miles in the morning. I took the back roads and if taken the Valley Highway it may have taken longer.

You could comute by train (Sound Transit), by bus (Sound Transit) or drive go to Seattle during odd hours. You could drive to Seattle when everyone is getting off work and thus driving in the opposite direction.

The problem with the Seattle Area is that aren't many main highways. I mean that you I-5 and the valley highway. That is partly a problem because of the geography of the are. You have Puget Sound to the west.

Rick
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Old 07-04-2018, 09:43 AM
 
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.. wondering if it made sense (transportation wise) to live in Seattle and commute?
Why would you want to live in expensive, congested, crowded Seattle unless you worked there?
Are you looking for some specific kind of social life? Theatre? arts? bars? people? Weekends? after work?
Unless you are specifically looking for something in Seattle you can't get in Tacoma, I'd stay as close to work as you can get. If you don't have a car, look at the transit system map, decide what buses go to your jobsite, and get a place to rent that is on that bus route. You don't want to have to change buses if you can avoid it. Otherwise, get a car.



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How long, in your experience, would the am/pm commute from Seattle to Tacoma or Puyallup take?
Depends upon how far from the freeway your worksite it. It can take half an hour from the downtown Seattle to a Tacoma off-ramp, and another half hour to get from the freeway in Tacoma to your worksite.


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how bad would it be to have a car in Seattle vs. relying on public transportation
Depends upon what you need to do. If all you need to do is commute to work, and you've chosen an apartment on the busline to your work, and you live a few blocks away from a good grocery store and in a good, walkable neighborhood (expensive!) then you're fine. Most of Seattle, however, is miles from a good grocery store or retail core, and you'll want to have a car.

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And how bad is the weather from Oct to Jan?
Dark, rainy, windy. You need to have your headlights on at 3 pm. Low, dark clouds. Usually a week or two of temps in the 20s, but most of the time, I don't much turn the heat on - it's in the 40s. If you're from Chicago, you probably understand what early evenings are like.
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Old 07-04-2018, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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Short answer: Live in Tacoma. More likely to find a three-month lease, for one thing. Doing anything else would be stupid, stupid, stupid. Note: You can commute on Sounder from Tacoma to Puyallup. You can still easily visit Seattle on weekends or on days off.
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