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Old 12-22-2019, 03:42 PM
 
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We are moving to the area of Mansfield zoned to Mansfield High. I am scared of my commute from there to SMU where I work. How early do I need to leave to make it in 45 min or less? What time do I need to start the trek home?

Is 360 to 20 to George Bush to 30 to 35 to spur 366 to 75 the best route? Good God that sounds bad just typing it. I guess I'll need some good books on tape. Thanks and Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-22-2019, 04:29 PM
 
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Dallas forum regular here....

The drive time currently (Sunday afternoon) is 39 minutes using the shortest route. A weekday commute under 45 minutes is a pipe dream. It’s a 32 mile drive from MHS to SMU so it’s totally unrealistic to assume you’re going to average 60mph for the entire highway driving portion.

Download Waze as it will tell you the fastest routes using real-time traffic data. I would imagine you’re going to need to leave home between 5:30-6am to make it to SMU in 40-45 minutes. And then return home before 3:30 or after 7.
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Old 12-22-2019, 07:09 PM
 
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Thanks. Kind of what I was thinking. Was hoping to hear also from someone who does the drive daily.
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Old 12-22-2019, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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I can’t imagine anyone would be willingly making that awful of a commute...
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Old 12-22-2019, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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I used to commute from Walnut Creek Country Club to close to Children’s Hospital in about an hour leaving at 6am. I often left work about 7pm — very intense career years — and made it home in about 45 min. SMU is farther.
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Old 12-23-2019, 02:10 PM
 
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Ok thanks. Planning to transition to a job close to Ft. W at some point, so this hellish commute to SMU won't be forever. Just wanted to know how awful it would be in the mean time.
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Old 12-25-2019, 10:49 AM
 
Location: "The Dirty Irv" Irving, TX
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Ok thanks. Planning to transition to a job close to Ft. W at some point, so this hellish commute to SMU won't be forever. Just wanted to know how awful it would be in the mean time.
Pretty awful TBH.

I have a pretty lousy commute myself, wouldn't wish it on anyone, but the one you are suggesting would be hellish.

I mean it can be done, but I wouldn't do it unless circumstances dictated it.

What attracts you to Mansfield? There is a pretty good chance you could find whatever that is closer to SMU.

Either that, or just rent near SMU and buy when you actually get a gig out in Fort Worth?
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Old 12-25-2019, 06:01 PM
 
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Long story, but schools and spouse’s commute also have to be considered. We have friends in Mansfield. Hopefully this ugly commute will be less than a year for me. If worse comes to worse, I have friends in Dallas I can stay with now and again.
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Old 12-27-2019, 07:41 AM
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That's a rough commute. Use to have an equally long commute, but it was directly North instead of NE. Lucky my local gym also had a location next to my job, so I would go there for an hour before and after work. The tolls on 360 help out a lot in the morning as long as your heading out before rush really starts to kick in a witch point so many people are trying to enter 360 from camp wisdom that it starts backing up the tollway.
Entered my previous Mansfield address to SMU and it recommend 287 - I-20 - GBT - I-30 or just 360 - I-30. Hopefully they'll open the tolls along 360 (underneath I-20) soon.
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Old 12-27-2019, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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Long story, but schools and spouse’s commute also have to be considered. We have friends in Mansfield. Hopefully this ugly commute will be less than a year for me. If worse comes to worse, I have friends in Dallas I can stay with now and again.
Back when I did the drive from Mansfield (on Danbury Drive) to Medical Center Dr I would leave in the dark and play opera music to the beautiful sunrise! It truly inspired me to see the sun come up with Maria Callas and other opera music blasting (and I’m not a big opera fan but you have to try it!). Then, I went to the gym in our building before work. It was actually a glorious start to the day.

The way home was worse, but I found some great talk radio back then. These days, you can do a kindle audio book or podcasts. There are many ways to deal with the commute to enrich yourself and there’s also waze and other apps (my current car’s internal nav has traffic alerts) to help.

What helped me the most was having a plan for my driving time. I also kept a small packed overnight bag in my car’s truck just in case I made the decision not to drive home. In the 4 years I did the commute, I stayed overnight at a nearby hotel each year a couple of times due to bad driving conditions or work demands. I had a great employer and I was told to put those hotel stays on my expense reports...
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