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Old 08-30-2012, 10:51 AM
 
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I'm relocating to the Philly area for a job in KOP. I had thought Montgomery county in PA was the place for us but I'm hearing all sorts of great things about Cherry Hill area.

My only question at this point in time is would the commute from Cherry Hill area to KOP be a total nightmare and not even worth it or is it a decent ride since its going against Philly traffic?

Appreciate the input.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:12 AM
 
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Unless you work off hours I would say don't do it. I live in the Cherry Hill area and had a job in Malvern after college. Lasted one week. In the morning (in the summer which has less traffic) the commute took me 50 minutes when I left at like 6:30am. The drive home was easily over an 1hr and on Friday was 2hrs.

Even off hours that commute is at least 45 minutes each way. Personally unless I have no choice I will never do a commute over 30 minutes again...
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:24 PM
 
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My brother has lived in the Cherry Hill area and worked in the KOP area for over 15 years. His normal commute is around an hour and 15 minutes in the morning and an hour and 45 minutes in the evening...this is assuming no one has decided to play bumper cars.

I've briefly done the commute (had an internship with my brother's company) and I can honestly say, I would never choose that for a long term situation. I'm not shy of long commutes (currently my commute is 30-45 minutes and I have done an hour commute for five years before that), but that commute is not only long, but incredibly stressful as you are in solid gridlocked traffic with constant stop-and-go. You basically spend the whole commute going from sitting still to 45mph, then slamming on your brakes and coming to a complete stop while people jockey for position. Toss in tons of 18-wheelers and dump trucks and it's just a whole bunch of fun. Don't even ask about trying to get back over the bridges on a Friday night in the summer.
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:44 PM
 
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My brother has lived in the Cherry Hill area and worked in the KOP area for over 15 years. His normal commute is around an hour and 15 minutes in the morning and an hour and 45 minutes in the evening...this is assuming no one has decided to play bumper cars.

I've briefly done the commute (had an internship with my brother's company) and I can honestly say, I would never choose that for a long term situation. I'm not shy of long commutes (currently my commute is 30-45 minutes and I have done an hour commute for five years before that), but that commute is not only long, but incredibly stressful as you are in solid gridlocked traffic with constant stop-and-go. You basically spend the whole commute going from sitting still to 45mph, then slamming on your brakes and coming to a complete stop while people jockey for position. Toss in tons of 18-wheelers and dump trucks and it's just a whole bunch of fun. Don't even ask about trying to get back over the bridges on a Friday night in the summer.
Throw in rain, snow, Friday summer, or an accident and you can easily add 20-40 minutes to your commute.
On top of the 90 minute average commute.
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:48 PM
 
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And a ruturn to CH on Fridays is awful. Or even just Phillies game traffic adds probably 15-20 minutes those days. Its doable but very painful
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:27 PM
 
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Beyond insane; don't do it. Closer-by "Cherry Hill-like" areas include Montgomeryville and Exton. Really much of the newer, sprawling, and more affluent parts of Central MontCo and Eastern Chester County will fit the bill.
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:57 PM
 
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Aside from the good things you've heard about Cherry Hill, there's no reason to live there. There are many nice places much closer to KOP.
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:01 PM
 
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done deal, appreciate the input. Scratch cherry hill off the list
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:07 PM
 
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Don't do it.
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:53 AM
 
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For the Friday return,
I suggest taking PA Turnpike from Valley Forge to the Street Road exit, in Bensalem.
Drive on Street Road to I-95, take I-95 S to the Betsy Ross Bridge to 73 S into South Jersey.

It's still a long route (maybe 10-15 additional miles also), but this route moves unlike taking the I-76E into Philadelphia and taking the Walt Whitman or Ben Franklin Bridges between 5-7pm.

Another way around stay couple of hours in the KOP/Norristown/Ply Meeting area, and then leave that area after 7pm, when traffic reduces considerably.
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