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Old 08-04-2010, 08:29 PM
 
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My husband and I (and our 2 small children) are making the move from Manhattan to FC sometime in the next several months. We are trying to narrow down a location. He will be working in Stamford, and will need to be at his desk by roughly 7:30. We'd ideally like to be within 20 minutes of his office (which is also right off the train so a train commute is fine).

If we live north of Stamford, presumably he'd have to be on 95 to get to work, which I've heard is a nightmare. But one of the towns we are targeting (Westport) seems to have a real issue with parking spots at the train station. So my questions are:

1. Is it realistic to take the Merritt Pkwy as an alternative to 95S, or does that get pretty jammed up heading south as well?

2. What about weaving together non-main roads? Like Rt 1, etc? Is that too time consuming?

3. What should one assume the traffic would be like on a weekday at 7am on 95S? From central Westport, for example, how long would it take to get to downtown Stamford?

Thank you!
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Stamford and Shelton, CT
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weekday traffic lately has been hit or miss. I see the biggest thing is to be out of norwalk by 7. i use to live in stamford than moved to shelton but my plumbing and heating business is based in stamford. I tend to leave the house later on and do paper work in the morning so i miss trafic. the merrit gets pretty jammed up at times also
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Ideally you would be best off in either Darien or New Canaan. I don't think that these towns are much more expensive than Westport and they are much more convenient. There are some parking options at the station in Westport like arrving early for a day spot or some nearby pay lots. Others here will know. Worse comes to worse, he could drive to south Norwalk and park at the garage there. Jay
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:57 AM
 
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While Darien & New Canaan is certainly closer to Stanford, I think you probably get a nicer house in Westport for the same amount of money. The commute by car to Stamford will probably take you about than 20 minutes in the morning if he's out by 7. Of course if there is an accident, all bets are off. The way back may take him a bit more time while thurs & fri's during the summer, I would give it 40 mins to get home. If he's working at one of the banks off exit 8 (UBS, etc) then the Merritt doesn't really work for him.

As for the train issue, I've tried taking the train (Westport to Greenwich) and its just easier driving. Parking is a bit of a hassle but there are daily pay lots which are available. On the grand scheme of things, your husband will probably have one of the easiest commutes out of Westport. Consider yourself lucky!
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:36 AM
 
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Thank you all for te responses. Prayowenmeany- yes, he works at one of the banks off exit 8. Why would the Merrit not work? Is it b/c then he has to cut through Stamford to get to the offices?

So Westport to Stamford at 7am is roughly 20 mins on normal days, if he is out the door by 7? That seems doable. Thank you!

Also (quetion for Prayowenmeany) - do you commute from Westport to Greenwich now? How long does that take on a typical day? Thanks!
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Old 08-05-2010, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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The Merritt Parkway will work if the location of your home is closer to the Merritt than 95. I used to commute from Bridgeport to Stamford and would cut across from the Merritt to my office which is located next to Exit 7 on I-95. In the mornings, the drive through Stamford at 7:30 AM would take 10-15 min. and at night it could take about 30 minutes. The ride from Westport through Stamford will probably take about 20-30 minutes at 7 AM in the spring/fall but expect longer rides in summer/winter because less people take trains in the summer and traffic is miserable in the winter due to black ice/snow. Towns I would suggest looking into around Stamford are Greenwich, Wilton, Weston, and Darien. Westport is a bit overrated and your husband might be stuck in traffic more often than he'd like to be.
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Old 08-06-2010, 03:51 AM
 
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There are options south of Stamford which would lessen the traffic because you'd be going against the grain. Cos Cob for example offers Westportish value and gives you option of the Post Road.
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:56 PM
 
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1. Is it realistic to take the Merritt Pkwy as an alternative to 95S, or does that get pretty jammed up heading south as well?
--Getting from the Merritt to downtown will add 10 minutes or so in the morning, more in the evening so factor that in. Its easy and does open up some inland options for you - but adds time.

2. What about weaving together non-main roads? Like Rt 1, etc? Is that too time consuming?
--Eh. They are not that efficient and the good ones are just as clogged. I'm more into staying on the big hwys and tuning out. Though those back road drives are good to know about and prettier (except the recent storms that knocked down all the trees...)

3. What should one assume the traffic would be like on a weekday at 7am on 95S? From central Westport, for example, how long would it take to get to downtown Stamford?
-- Others seem to know more about this than I do, but I can tell you being that early is a great advantage. Evening will be tough though unless he leaves at 3:30.

Other things to factor in are how connected you will be to other people. We moved from NYC and love our area because we can walk around on sidewalks and see neighbors and walk to the beach (Shippan -- but the schools in Stamford are not going to work for us). Inland, off the Merritt, it is much woodsy-er and feels very remote to me.

Knowing what I know now (after 2 years in Stamford) if we worked off exit 8, I'd say move to Westport and take the train. The Darien lot, btw, always has open spaces if thats an option for you.
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Old 08-24-2010, 04:07 PM
 
Location: The brown house on the cul de sac
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. Evening will be tough though unless he leaves at 3:30.
Even by 3:30 there is volume building northbound on both 95 and the Merritt.
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