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Old 03-30-2011, 12:47 PM
 
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I've been working off of Boylston Street for a couple weeks. I just arrived from out of town. It's just a temp job but I'm hoping it will last for a while and when it ends that I can find something near by.

I've also been looking for an apartment. The areas I've viewed so far that I liked were Brookline, Brighton, maybe Medford or Waltham, and the actual area where I work off Boyston. I'm staying in Cambridge, which is an easy commute but too expensive.

I'm having a hard time measuring commuting times from Back Bay to those areas. Any advice?

When I take the train, I never see much traffic in the city, so I'm wondering if I should just start driving. I can't seem to get an accurate time-frame for a commute from Back Bay to say, Medford or Brookline, for instance.

I thought Beacon Street in Brookline seems very nice but not sure what I'd do about overnight parking.
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Old 03-30-2011, 12:57 PM
 
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Yeah, there's not much traffic in Boston during rush hour.

Snort.

Does the building you work in offer parking?
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:19 PM
 
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Yes, so that part is fine.

It's just so funny because I leave work at 4:30 and I swear I've never seen much traffic. Maybe I'm comparing it to the hell of Los Angeles traffic or something.
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:55 PM
 
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Well, you won't see the most traffic in the Back Bay--it's getting in and out of the city that's the problem. Brookline to Back Bay would be a lot different than Medford to Back Bay. That said, it's nowhere near as bad as LA traffic which is arguably the worst in the country.

Is parking free where you work? That would be pretty rare.
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:32 AM
 
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No, it's monthly parking. I think it was $280.

It sucks because I'm also paying parking where I'm temporarily living so it would be like a double-whammy. Not sure what to do yet.

I saw a rental in Roslidale yesterday. It was SO far. The orange train (which sucks by the way) took 45 minutes. The landlord swore to me it would take 5 minutes. I don't know what he was smoking.
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:26 PM
 
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Would you consider public transportation? You can ditch the car and parking expenses all together. Rent a zip car or get a cab. Unless you need your car for work, of course.

You could take a look at apartments in Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill / Brigham Circle (bus 39 goes there, and green E line). It'll take you 15 min. (or even 10 on a good day and with a fast driver) to commute to Back Bay from Brigham Circle, for example.

Roslindale is not really on the T, did you use commuter rail and had to wait 45 minutes?
Because Orange line is the fastest of all. Literally zips through. It must have been an accident or something unusual happened for such a long delay.
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