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Old 08-04-2011, 11:19 AM
 
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I had searched the forum for anything on this commute and haven't come up with anything.

I had posted another thread saying that I am taking a job in Pflugerville but the regional manager is now wanting me to go to New Braunfels instead.

Is the commute from SoCo area to New Braunfels pretty long or is it bearable? The New Braunfels website says it's 40 miles but i'm guessing that it's from South Austin to North New Braunfels.

Anyone have any experience with this commute or area?

Much thanks!
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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SoCo to NB would not be too bad at all. You would be going against most of the rush hour traffic, so it would be relatively light, and the majority of the construction on that stretch is wrapped up. My SIL travels from NB to SW Austin quite frequently, and it is about 45 minutes. SoCo would be about the same or less (since you don't have to travel as long on surface streets).
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:02 PM
 
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Thanks! 45 mins sounds like an okay drive in rush hour. How is the drive coming from New Braunfels in the evening? Is it pretty much the same or will it be hit or miss?

This forum is great! Such a well of useful information! Thanks all!
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Google maps puts it at 47.2 mi, 52 mins on a good day. Depending on where you are going at each end. SoCo to New Braunfels, TX - Google Maps

I guess that is a fairly easy commute given that its a straight shot, not many road changes, but I'd still hate to drive that much day after day. There are a lot of really nice places to live in the Hill Country between SoCo and New Braunfels that would be a higher quality of life in my opinion. Like the Canyon Lake area, Wimberley, Gruene, TX (if you want to be close to live music), etc.

FYI: Grune, Tx //www.city-data.com/forum/20303339-post2.html

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Old 08-04-2011, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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Wow! Company car and boss-man paying for petrol, I hope . In round numbers, 2K miles a month JUST for the commute...~$4K/year in petrol JUST for the commute. I used to drive 1000 miles a WEEK but that was covering multiple states(and I hated hotel rooms). Glad those days are behind me! For my last full-time job, I lived 2.4 miles from work...can't imagine 2 hours a day just to go to/from the office...Yikes!
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:33 PM
 
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Yeesh! When you put it that way 10scoachrick that sounds horrible! I've never heard of any dentists getting a company car or gas paid for ever! I'll ask for a vehicle/gas concession in my contract if he's hell bent on me going to New Braunfels but I'm gonna try and ask the regional manager if there's anyway to go to Pflugerville instead.

I've never done a long commute for a drive before but from everything I've read on these forums it must be horrible for quality of life. Crossing my fingers the manager is flexible on my location!

Thanks all!
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Old 08-05-2011, 06:36 AM
 
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Honestly, I would not want to make that drive every day. Some days it would probably be fine, but you would likely be dependent on I-35 and any time there's a wreck or any issue on the roadway, it's going to slow things down. That can happen anywhere, but when you're looking at a 40 mile stretch to drive, that would become stressful.
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: NW Austin
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I dated someone that lived in NB and it was hit or miss about the traffic in the evening when he was coming to Austin after he got off of work. It was never under 60 min.
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Pflugerville
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Wow, the cost of gas is going to cripple you, and it's only going to get worse. Couple that with the wear and tear on your car, and I can't imagine voluntarily doing this commute. A 2 hour daily commute is hard enough without shelling out $500 a month on gas.

Unless you HAVE to be in Austin, I would move closer to where you are going to work. There are many beautiful places to live out there, and they are much cheaper than Austin.

I wish you the best of luck though.
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:27 PM
 
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i loved san marcos when i was there
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