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Old 02-27-2011, 10:24 AM
 
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I'm new to the DFW area, and I'm wondering about the morning commute from Valley Ranch to Baylor Health-Bryan Towers in Downtown Dallas. I have a potential job offer and one of my concerns is the morning commute. The workday would start at 8:30am. Approximately how long would you say the commute would be considering traffic?

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Old 02-27-2011, 01:38 PM
 
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Why do you live that far out? There are plenty of nice places in East and Central Dallas to live in.
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:20 PM
 
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Why do you live that far out? There are plenty of nice places in East and Central Dallas to live in.
I recently moved to the area, and Valley Ranch was an area I've visited before and liked. At that time I wasn't expecting to work downtown. I was expecting to work in Irving.

Depending on the commute time, I might consider relocating to Dallas.
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:20 PM
 
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Gabby, that commute would be relatively easy as far as commutes for a big city. It is probably 15 miles to downtown. That can mean probably a 25-30 minutes on the average day. Around here anything less then 30-40 minutes is considered a short commute.

If you are looking for an apartment or town home there are some in Las Colinas that would be even closer.

More importantly, In November of this year the new DART rail line will open from Las Colinas to downtown. You could live in LC and never even need to drive downtown or drive from VR to the dart line which will take 5-8 minutes.
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:58 PM
 
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The commute from Valley Ranch to Bryan Tower in Downtown Dallas is around 17-20 miles, and around 30 minutes with no traffic.

Also, a minor correction to Rakin's note about DART's Orange Line: It is scheduled to open in 2012.
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:17 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Also, a minor correction to Rakin's note about DART's Orange Line: It is scheduled to open in 2012.
We are both right.

I believe that is when it will be 100% finished to DFW Airport. If I recall it will 1st open this fall (2011) from Las Colinas to downtown and construction will continue on the section to the airport which will open 1 year later (2012).
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:07 PM
 
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Thanks for the info! That helps quite a bit. That commute time is not bad at all. I was thinking more along the line of 45 minutes to an hour.
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:54 PM
 
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We are both right.

I believe that is when it will be 100% finished to DFW Airport. If I recall it will 1st open this fall (2011) from Las Colinas to downtown and construction will continue on the section to the airport which will open 1 year later (2012).
It was originally scheduled for opening in 2011. However, in the link I provided above, it states that the scheduled opening was pushed back to 2012 for all stations except DFW Airport, which has a 2014 scheduled opening.
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:49 AM
 
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Gabby, that commute would be relatively easy as far as commutes for a big city. It is probably 15 miles to downtown. That can mean probably a 25-30 minutes on the average day. Around here anything less then 30-40 minutes is considered a short commute.
My husband does the reverse commute from East Dallas to Valley Ranch. (we are probably 10 minutes north of Baylor). There is no way he makes that in 25-30 minutes and he goes against traffic. I would say from Valley Ranch to Baylor would be a minimum of 45 minutes as you have to come down 35 and then navigate around downtown. Same thing going home, maybe worse.

I wouldn't live that far out if I worked at Baylor.
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:56 AM
 
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That commute from Valley Ranch is going to be worse on days when it rains or there is a wreck (which happens more than you might think) so keep that in mind. Also it's not really in Downtown Dallas, you have to get around downtown to get to Baylor in East Dallas, which could add some time - maybe 10 minutes more.

I live in the Lakewood area near Baylor - my mother once had to call an ambulance (she lives nearby) and I got to Baylor in five minutes and beat the ambulance to the hospital. So if you want to relocate, this area should be on your list.
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