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Old 09-05-2013, 12:24 PM
 
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Greetings to all of you. First off, I want to thank those of you who contribute here. The feedback is solid. As someone born and raised in Lehigh Valley and having spend the past 9 years in South Carolina, I am excited to be moving to Philadelphia very shortly.

I will be living near the Upsal station and have accepted a position in Media. I have scoured SEPTA's site for requisite routes, but I would be curious as to your thoughts.

Essentially, it is a 15 mile drive, each way, which could take a good while at peak hours, or as long as 80 minutes with SEPTA. Mostly train, perhaps one bus.

Thoughts are very welcome, I look forward to reading them.

Cheers,
Dan
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:05 PM
 
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it's an awkward trip by transit. is it in downtown media or outside of it? sometimes the septa "trip planner" doesn't give you the optimal trip.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:29 PM
 
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it's an awkward trip by transit. is it in downtown media or outside of it? sometimes the septa "trip planner" doesn't give you the optimal trip.
It is essentially Providence Road and Kirk Lane. Getting in is not awful. Two trains and the 108 bus. If I can get to the Media station, I am two trains and one hour from home.

I agree though, sometimes the trip planner makes it far more challenging than it needs to be.

Thoughts are still welcome though.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:26 PM
 
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I used to commute from Collingswood to Chester. Sometimes I would just miss the train to Chester so I would catch the train to Swarthmore a few minutes later where I would catch the bus (the 118?) to Chester. It was relatively easy getting there in the morning but getting home was awful because there was no train between 4:30 and 5:30pm so if I wanted to leave work at 5 I had to take the 37 bus to the airport and catch the train to CC there.

Anyway, I definitely agree that the trip planner isn't all that great and that you're better off checking the timetables yourself. It's really a matter of trial of error. After two months you'll be in the zone and will know which way to go in the morning just by looking at your watch.

Anyway, depending on the departure/transfer times you can take the train to CC and transfer to the Media train then to the 118 bus. You could also catch the Wilmington train, getting off at Chester then catch the 118 or . . . and to me this at least 'feels' like it would be fastest - if you live near the 65 bus take that to 69th St, take the 101 trolley out to Media then catch the 118 (or walk or buy a cheap bike and leave it out there)
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:25 PM
 
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it appears to be about a ten minute shorter walk from the trolley on state street. it appears that the 65 bus to 69th st is about the same as the chestnut hill west to the el at 30th to the trolley. and then there's the 65 to the 11(?) which is the most direct but two really slow buses.
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:14 PM
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Upsal station>30th>MFL>69th St.>111
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:04 PM
 
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Upsal station>30th>MFL>69th St.>111
Even with all those transfers to consider, I would rather put up with that, than deal with that nightmarish Schuylkill Expressway traffic.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:11 PM
 
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Upsal station>30th>MFL>69th St.>111
I will admit, in a perfect world, I would have fewer transfers. Not sure I really care. Convenience supercedes.
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