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Old 06-15-2014, 10:20 PM
 
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My girlfriend and I are moving to DFW area from the Bay Area and she will be working in Frisco. She would leave at or before 7:00 a.m. and return after 5:00 a.m. We would like to live closer in to Dallas, like in Lower Greenville, but not if it's too rough of a commute. Google Maps says it takes 38 minutes, but is that clear sailing or is it stop and go? She would probably be fine with it if it were a straight shot.

PS. Would being a little closer to the Tollway, like in Uptown make a big difference?

Thanks.
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Old 06-16-2014, 08:35 AM
 
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38 minutes would have to be no traffic and no traffic lights.

7:00 mornings would be more doable than after 5:00 afternoons. While there is reverse traffic flow, an accident in the other direction can cause the south bound side to stop too. East Plano to downtown took over an hour last Wednesday for high school graduation. Count on longer commutes rather than shorter.

Toll roads might help, but the cost will add up.

Will she mind the stress from the traffic?
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Old 06-16-2014, 08:47 AM
 
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I think you would need to count on at least a 45 minute commute each way, with days when it will be longer. Only you and your SO can decide if the hour and a half of commute, gas and tolls is worth it. You didn't specify what makes Lower Greenville attractive to you, but if you are considering Uptown you might also consider Addison, particularly around the Addison Circle area. It would significantly lessen the commute, but still be in decent range of the Dallas city center.
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:18 AM
 
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If you can get closer to Fitzhugh/Wycliff which crosses over directly to the tollway, that would help. You can also go McCommas or Monticello to/through Beverly Drive/HP and get on at Mockingbird. Or try Armstrong Parkway from that other route. If you really like Lower Greenville, Knox/Henderson etc, I don't think you would like Addison. Frisco is far, so I would test this out a few times to see if you can do it - as was mentioned at 7 am it would be better. It's also not that bad around 9 am. Coming home traffic starts letting up around 6:30 pm. So if you are able to stagger your times, it may be doable.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:04 AM
 
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A VERY important thing to know about Dallas traffic is that our highway systems were set up for north-south movement; going east-west is awful. I work on the Plano/Frisco border and have always lived in Dallas proper. My worst commute ever was the year I lived near Mockingbird & Abrams (Lakewood). It would take 45+ AM and over an hour PM. This was leaving home @ 7:30am and leaving the office @ 6pm.

Yes, your life will be much easier if you live off the Tollroad. I lived on turtle creek for many years and it was 25 min AM / 30-35 min PM. So much better than my drive from East Dallas!

I would recommend checking out North Oak Lawn (75219, north of Lemmon, west of Oak Lawn, east of Tollroad) or the Design District to keep commute at or under 30 minutes. Dallas proper is small enough that you can easily hang out on Lower Greenville or any other awesome neighborhood on the weekends....you just don't want to mess with the headache of cutting across town to the DNT 2X every day!
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:46 PM
 
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I drive from Upper Greenville to Frisco every day. I usually leave around 6:00am and return around 4:45pm. I generally go up I-75, across 635 to the Dallas North Tollway and up to Frisco. If I am running late, I occassionaly go across Northwest Highway to the DNT because eastbound traffic on 635 can be pretty bad between 7 and 9am or so. My morning commute is usually about 25 minutes and my afternoon commute is usually around 35 minutes because southbound traffic on the DNT is worse in the afternoon. The commute is not bad for Dallas and I still get to live in a semi-interesting part of Dallas.
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:24 PM
 
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I drive from Upper Greenville to Frisco every day. I usually leave around 6:00am and return around 4:45pm. I generally go up I-75, across 635 to the Dallas North Tollway and up to Frisco. If I am running late, I occassionaly go across Northwest Highway to the DNT because eastbound traffic on 635 can be pretty bad between 7 and 9am or so. My morning commute is usually about 25 minutes and my afternoon commute is usually around 35 minutes because southbound traffic on the DNT is worse in the afternoon. The commute is not bad for Dallas and I still get to live in a semi-interesting part of Dallas.
Your commute is not bad because you're not driving during rush hour!
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