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Old 10-17-2010, 07:26 PM
 
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I am relocating to Astoria from Bay Shore and am keeping my job in Amityville. No choice here at all.

My apartment in on Ditmars and 28th. What is my morning commute going to look like? I have to be at work no later than 8:30 AM. I am thinking the GCP would be my daily commute? Is it going to be a nightmare? WHat are my options for LIRR from Queens to the Amityville train station?

Any light anyone can shed on this commute would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 10-17-2010, 07:31 PM
 
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You'd be better off driving. You'll be doing a "reverse-commute" since, at that hour, most traffic is headed TO the city.

If you have to be to work at 8:30, I would leave at 7:20 --- Your drive would probably be 45-55 minutes, but you should give yourself leeway time just in case (also if you want to stop off on the way for coffee or something).

As for the LIRR ---- not too good going in the opposite direction at rush hour. Here's a link to the MTA/LIRR schedule:

MTA LIRR - Schedules & Fares

Also, where in Amityville are you working?? Are you close to the LIRR station?? If not, you'll have to take a bus or taxi (and THAT would be a hassle everyday! Especially since the LI taxis are known to pick up as many people as they can squeeze in and your 5 minute ride could easily turn into a 30 minute nightmare)
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Old 10-17-2010, 07:34 PM
 
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Oh, and driving, you would probably take the GCP to the Wyck to the Belt to the Southern State and then get off at Route 110. Not sure where you're going but these are general directions.
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:17 PM
 
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Omg If you have to take the belt to southern state to 110, thats going to be a nightmare, heres a good idea, Map out your commute on google maps then click on traffic around the ime you want to leave and youll see how bad traffic is. I take the southern state everyday and it is horrible this year compared to last year and before. I dont know what happened! Being on the Southern state at 730 is going to be a pain with traffic though
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:21 PM
 
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Omg If you have to take the belt to southern state to 110, thats going to be a nightmare, heres a good idea, Map out your commute on google maps then click on traffic around the ime you want to leave and youll see how bad traffic is. I take the southern state everyday and it is horrible this year compared to last year and before. I dont know what happened! Being on the Southern state at 730 is going to be a pain with traffic though
At that hour, the traffic is headed TO the city. The OP is headed from Queens to LI. He could also take the LIE, but that would put him very far north of Amityville and take up more time.
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:49 PM
 
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At that hour, the traffic is headed TO the city. The OP is headed from Queens to LI. He could also take the LIE, but that would put him very far north of Amityville and take up more time.
you'd be suprised at the amount of traffic. getting on at my exit on the southern state @ 19 to 32(amityville) is crawling the entire way a lot times. and then theres days when you think traffic is starting to move and people speed up to 70, only for the sun rising to the east blinding drivers and almost causing accidents.

all while the traffic GOING WEST is better.
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:08 AM
 
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When my fiancee and I lived in Astoria, not far from the OP's location, she was commuting to Rockville Centre, which is also on the south shore but a fair bit closer, and even that took like 45 minutes. (To be fair, I don't remember exactly what time she was leaving). As was suggested above, traffic wasn't nearly as light as one might expect. Even getting out of Astoria via the 31st/GCP intersection at that time is a nightmare and can take 15+ minutes.

The OP may already know this little "trick" but I would suggest at least during rush hour that one avoid having to make the left off 31st St onto the GCP, which takes forever and is difficult, dangerous, and bound to get you a ticket from some dirtbag cop for blocking the intersection. You can do that by starting out on 31st St. heading toward the GCP, then making a right on 24th Ave and a left on 27th St. After going under the overpass (which is the ramp to the Triboro Bridge), immediately make a left. Then just go straight and bear left across 31st St onto the GCP ramp.
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:45 AM
 
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GCP to Northen State to Wantagh parkway to SS parkway east
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