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Old 03-05-2013, 09:20 AM
 
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Greetings all. I currently live in Scarsdale, NY and am moving to Trumbull this summer. I work in Stamford and currently benefit from being to able to travel the opposite direction of traffic. Yeah, well, that isn't going to happen anymore.

I'm generally an early riser and like to get into the office early. I currently leave around 7am-ish and get into the office by 7:40 (taking the Merritt).

Am I safe leaving around 7 o'clock going from Trumbull to Stamford (via the Merritt)? Would 25 to 95 be better?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Merritt is your best bet. It's the drive home that's going to be the worst. 7AM shouldn't be too bad. You don't have the option of using the train?
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:33 AM
 
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Thanks for the answer. I'm all for taking the train, would that mean having to park in Bridgeport? Do they charge for parking (and better yet, is my car going to be safe?) Or is there a better alternative (other stations?).

Thanks again!
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:27 AM
 
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Just looked into Fairfield Metro. A monthly train pass to/from Stamford is only $58.

Anyone know how much a monthly parking pass is at that station? Also, at what point does the lot fill up (website says there is 1,500 spots) Also, do you have to be a Fairfield resident to get parking?

If parking isn't available....is there a bus line that runs from Trumbull to any of the stations?
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:10 PM
 
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My husband did the commute to Stamford for a year from Stratford. He found the Merritt more forgiving both ways. He also left about 7-730 and it took him about an hour. The ride home at 5ish was always worse.

Look into Bridgeport for the train too. I recall hearing that there is plenty of parking available there
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:11 PM
 
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My husband did the commute to Stamford for a year from Stratford. He found the Merritt more forgiving both ways. He also left about 7-730 and it took him about an hour. The ride home at 5ish was always worse.

Look into Bridgeport for the train too. I recall hearing that there is plenty of parking available there
Thanks for the info!
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:42 PM
 
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My husband has been driving from Stratford to Stamford at around 7:45 each morning. It typically takes him around 45 min, but can take over an hour if there's bad weather or an accident. Traffic in the evening varies from 30 min to just over an hour - he leaves anywhere between 5:15 and 6pm.
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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I'd leave at 11:30 PM...



...In all seriousness, when I used to have 8 AM classes at NCC, I saw traffic used to start up around exit 42 on the Merritt. I would leave Trumbull at 6:30, get to Norwalk anytime between 7:00-7:30 depending on the traffic. It'll get progressively worse the further south you get and the further north the later you leave. I'd say leave about 6:15. I'd rather get there 40 minutes early and have breakfast/use a gym if avaialable then get there 20 minutes late.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Just looked into Fairfield Metro. A monthly train pass to/from Stamford is only $58.

Anyone know how much a monthly parking pass is at that station? Also, at what point does the lot fill up (website says there is 1,500 spots) Also, do you have to be a Fairfield resident to get parking?

If parking isn't available....is there a bus line that runs from Trumbull to any of the stations?
You do not have to be a resident of Fairfield to park at Fairfield Metro Center. I am not sure how long the wait list is for there. There is a link to the Fairfield Metro parking sign up on the Town of Fairfield website. The link is below. Jay

Rail Commuter Information, Parking Permit and Wait Lists Summary for the Town of Fairfield, CT
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:23 PM
 
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An hour or less to Stamford and back is actually not that bad. When the economy was good (e.g. 2007), it took an hour for me to get from Stratford to Norwalk (let alone Trumbull to Stamford)!
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