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Old 07-23-2013, 07:06 PM
 
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I take the commuter rail from Beverly Depot train station to get to my job in Downtown Crossing. I was looking on the MBTA website and did a trip planner to see how long it would take me to get to work if I took the 8:01am train since I have to be at work at 9am. The trip planner said that the 8:01am train will get me to North Station at 8:33am. But to get to Downtown Crossing I still have to take the Orange Line. If I take the 8:01am train to North Station, would that kinda be pushing it and make me late for work? Or should I catch an earlier train?
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Camberville
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You should be fine - it's a 15 minute walk or 5 minute ride on the T to Downtown Crossing. The biggest concern would be if there are delays in your train.
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:23 PM
 
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You should be fine - it's a 15 minute walk or 5 minute ride on the T to Downtown Crossing. The biggest concern would be if there are delays in your train.
That's kinda what I'm concerned about. You never know when there's going to be a delay. So I was just wondering if it would be safer to take an earlier train just in case.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:11 PM
 
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I'd be inclined to take an earlier train, in case of delays. Also, while it's true that you can walk to Downtown Crossing from North Station, if you choose to take the orange line, then you have to figure in the time waiting for the train, not just the ride of a few minutes. Sometimes the time spent waiting for the T can vary.

It's true that the subway trains run more often during rush hours and that the commuter trains are less likely to have delays during rush hours than off-peak times, but a scheduled arrival at N. Stn. at 8:33 gives you less of a time cushion than I'd prefer to have if I had to be at Downtown X-ing by 9:00. So it pretty much depends on how close you feel comfortable cutting things. If everything is perfectly on schedule, or off by a very few minutes, you'll be fine, but the 8:01 doesn't leave much margin for error.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:36 PM
 
Location: 42°22'55.2"N 71°24'46.8"W
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I think that's plenty of time. The train might be 10 min late about once a week which still leaves you enough time to walk to your office by 9am. Downtown Boston employers are generally understanding because they know its impossible to get into work at the same time everyday due to varying commute times based on weather/traffic delays. My train is timed to get into South Station at 8:51am and I still make it into work (High and Congress) by 8:58 most days. Once a week I might stroll in at 9:03, but it all evens out in the end. You can always stay a little later on the days your morning train is late.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:32 AM
 
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Taking the 7:45am train instead of the 8:01. It gives me time to wait for the T if needed. Thanks!
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:18 AM
 
Location: 42°22'55.2"N 71°24'46.8"W
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I didn't realize the earlier train was only 16 minutes earlier. In fact I was just looking at the schedule from Beverly and I'm very surprised there are so many trains! 7 pickups between 6:58 and 8:23 is almost as good as the regular T; I wonder why they have so many trains running on the Beverly line. I am going to start taking the commuter rail from Lincoln next week and we only have 3 pickups during the AM rush hour - 6:55, 7:50 and 8:15.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:39 PM
 
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Trains from the Newburyport AND Rockport lines stop in Beverly, that's why there are so many trains.

And I would take an earlier train, you're supposed to start work at 9:00, not be at work at 9:00.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:12 AM
 
Location: 42°22'55.2"N 71°24'46.8"W
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Trains from the Newburyport AND Rockport lines stop in Beverly, that's why there are so many trains.

And I would take an earlier train, you're supposed to start work at 9:00, not be at work at 9:00.
That makes sense, I never thought about 2 lines converging into 1. Sounds like Beverly would make a good commuter town despite being so far from everything.

gf2020: Does your job have strict hours? I guess I never realized that I work in a pretty casual environment. I've always assumed most employers in Boston have relaxed working hours since most of us (at least in the financial district) stay late anyways. You get in when you get in, but you need to stay until the work is done which is 5pm some days and 8pm other days. But I see certain positions having very strict hours such as a receptionist who needs to work the front desk from 9am-5pm sharp.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:03 PM
 
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I could never get to work at 9.

Would much rather get in as early as possible start the clock then. I don't miss any family time in the morning.

6 to 230 would be ideal, IMO.
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