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Old 05-09-2013, 01:39 PM
 
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I will be starting a new job in Malvern, PA and currently I live in mount laurel NJ. I will have to commute from Mout laurel to Malvern. It is around 50 miles, not a bad commute during off time. Mullying over possible routes.

1. NJ 295 -> HWY Route 76 via walt whitman bridge -51 miles
2. NJ Route 73 -> 95 (souht) - > route 676 -> Route76 - 46 miles
3. NJ Route 73 - > 95 North -> 276 -> 76 - 58 miles

I want to know what is best based on your experience. I know this is a bad route, but wants to hear.

I know NJ 73 is very rough, so I prefer to avoid it , so I thought of taking 295 south to 676 or 76.

1.which one is better 76 ( walt whitman bridge) or 676 (benjamin franklin bridge).?.
2. I thought 76 that goes through south philly is much better than 676 goes through center of philly. Am I right ?.
3. how is the traffic that is going out of philly on Route 76 during peak time.

Appreciate any suggestions.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:13 PM
 
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Oh God that sounds awful. Once over the bridge I say take 95 S to 476 N, get off at West Chester Pike, and continue on your merry way. It's a bit of a loop, but it at least allows you to reverse-commute part of the way. The Schuylkill is often a parking lot in both directions.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:32 PM
 
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agreed. That commute will suck the life out of you FAST. Google maps says its an hour - in reality, that's not even close.....I think it may be closer to 2 during peak hours.
I'd seriously consider moving.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:34 PM
 
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That is one terrible commute. I can tell you this because I had a few business meeting out in Mechanicsburg PA and I travel from Mt. Laurel to PA turnpike by KOP.

The times when I left my house at 6:30 AM, commute was not bad at all but if you are hitting peak traffic, you will hit traffic in the following area if you go option #2

Rt. 73
Ben Franklin Bridge
676-76 (basically traffic bottleneck around vine street expressway because of 30th street station
76 - Bottlneck because of Rt1
Throughout 76, there are going to be backup because of 476 and then 202.

Distance wise, it's not a long commute but you will be dealing with an awful lot of traffic. You definitely don't want to do this long term.

Best of luck
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:44 PM
 
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Oh God that sounds awful. Once over the bridge I say take 95 S to 476 N, get off at West Chester Pike, and continue on your merry way. It's a bit of a loop, but it at least allows you to reverse-commute part of the way. The Schuylkill is often a parking lot in both directions.
thank you all for your input. for 95 S-> 476 N -> westchester pike, google saying 54 miles 1 hr 13 minutes. which is not bad.
I know I have to move if needed. for a month or two I may have to manage this commute and i have a option of working from home for 1 or 2 days, but 2 hrs one way is a pain for sure.

how is the traffic on west chester pike and Rt 252 (Darby Paoli Road) ?.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:49 PM
 
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thank you all for your input. for 95 S-> 476 N -> westchester pike, google saying 54 miles 1 hr 13 minutes. which is not bad.
I know I have to move if needed. for a month or two I may have to manage this commute and i have a option of working from home for 1 or 2 days, but 2 hrs one way is a pain for sure.

how is the traffic on west chester pike and Rt 252 (Darby Paoli Road) ?.
I'm seldom out that way during rush hour, but I'd think traffic wouldn't be too terrible because you're heading West (as opposed to East, toward the City). You'll still probably be looking at a bit longer than 1 hour 13 minutes (maybe closer to an hour and a half) but the important thing is to avoid the Schuylkill like the plague.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:29 PM
 
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Another option is to take 295 north to the PA turnpike (276) west to 76 west.

When I worked in Mt. Laurel this is the route everyone who lived in the Malvern area (and there were quite a few) would take to the office during normal commuting hours. It covers a lot of miles but has the benefit of predictability since it consistently takes the same amount of time.

You're trying to do exactly the opposite commute, so it may not translate, but just another data point for your consideration.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:37 PM
 
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how is the traffic on west chester pike and Rt 252 (Darby Paoli Road) ?.
It's fine during commuting time. The lights on West Chester Pike will slow you down a bit (even without traffic) but 252 into Malvern is just fine.

If you're crossing over or traveling down Rt 30 you'll sometimes have to sit through the light at 252/30 for a couple of cycles, but that's the worst part of it. (And if you're then going down Rt 30 to hit the office parks in the 29/202 area you'll hit more lights on 30 but still nothing too bad.)

Good luck!
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:42 PM
 
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I don't think getting off 476 at West Chester Pike is going to be that fast - at least a half hour from there at rush hour I'd bet. Assuming you working at the Great Valley Corporate Center in Malvern, you'll have at least a 10 minute drive once you get to the 30 and 252 intersection in Paoli. The advantage of 76 to 202 or turnpike to 202 is that you get off 202 and you'll be right at your office (assuming you are where most of the offices are in Malvern).
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:25 AM
 
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I don't think getting off 476 at West Chester Pike is going to be that fast
Agreed, with a note that it's not really any slower during commuter-hours than it is during the day. It is what it is.

FWIW, during rush hour it takes 25 minutes to go from the intersection of Baltimore Pike & 252 in Media to the intersection of 202 & 29 in Malvern taking 252N to 30W to 29. (West Chester Pike is an exit north of Baltimore Pike off the blue route.)
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