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Old 05-05-2009, 01:39 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Yeah, don't complicate your life, or hers. (this is not like DC / NYC, or LA, or Bay area, where 3 hr commute is more acceptably addressed). It is not worth the risk to health (wear and tear + accident potential) to do that commute on a daily basis.

Just change schools or living location.

If she is in her first 2 yrs there are many superb options in the pdx / Vanc area for excellent community colleges. Get on a 'contract' program with the destination U, and she will be able to enter U as a full Jr. There is also a wealth of 4yr college choices in the metro area.

My kids did the college 'roomate / Top Ramen thing' for under $400/month. They came home about 2-3x / yr.

Another option is to 'network' into a situation where you daughter can rent a room from a 'senior citizen'. They often need help with cooking, cleaning, gardening, shopping, finances... this worked out for my SIL who was in EXPENSIVE Seattle, for ~ $300/month which was reduced in 1/2 by helping out. There are many ways to 'plug' into this network, but the easiest is through someone active in senior services, or senior newspapers, or event centers. I've also effectively used churches and other social venues.
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Old 05-06-2009, 04:35 PM
Location: Pacific NW
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I checked Amtrak's site, and it tells me the full fare between Vancouver and Eugene is $23 each way--maybe you mistakenly used Vancouver, BC?. There are lots of options to reduce that - with passes, ticket books, student discounts, etc. Secondly, the time of travel to Vancouver is 3½ hours. Now, to Portland, it's almost an hour less. You're going to have a long stop at Portland.

Driving to Eugene has always taken me (from Portland) about an hour and a half.

I would remind folks here, that outside of class time, what a student has to do is study. And a 2-3 hour ride on a train would be a perfect place to do a lot of your studying. Driving a car, or even riding in a car, wouldn't be.

It looks to me that your biggest problem would be the schedules. Because the Cascades train (which is the one you want to take -- the Coast Starlight is much more often delayed) is the commuter train, the schedule is geared towards people going towards Portland or Seattle, rather than away from them. That means heading south, you're going against the commute. So the schedule isn't conducive to early morning travel south, and late night returns north.
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:22 PM
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Whan EnricoV says, and the fact that even the Cascades doesn't keep on schedule.

Since the original poster indicated that they would live in Portland OR Vancouver perhaps there is enough flexability for them to live in Salem.... IF the op is determined to have the daughter commute to Eugene. That way the op would be commuting to Portland, daughter to Eugene.
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:26 PM
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OK my divorced parents had to drive me down to Eugen twice a MONTH from McMinnville (a little south of p-town) to Eugene. That 2 hour trip was hell and I cursed my parents' divorce eveytime I made that trip.

And you want to multiply that by 8? Thats quite a commute.

My mom has an extra room in her house and lives right next to the UofO if you are interested LOL. Its way cheaper to rent a room 3 days a week make sure the classes are 3 consecutive days. If you insist she go down and return.
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