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Old 09-06-2018, 09:06 PM
 
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Hi City Data! Thanks for the great advice as my husband and I plan our relocation, it has all been really helpful. I'm wondering if anyone can help weigh in on what it's like to live nearby schools in the Philadelphia suburbs, traffic-wise. The reason I ask is that when touring with a realtor in the area near Conestoga High School we hit a ton of traffic around 2:45pm that was pretty miserable. He said it was atypical, but that generally it was reasonable to expect 2 hours of traffic in the morning maybe 7-8:30am and 2 hours in the afternoon when schools get out. Does anyone have experience living near schools? One of the houses we were looking at was only a couple blocks away from the high school. Could anyone advise on how bad the traffic will be, roughly how long it lasts and when? Thank you!
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Old 09-06-2018, 09:15 PM
 
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Bad traffic around schools? To the tune of 2 hours? That sounds ridiculous. I don’t know why that realtor said such a thing; the realtor certainly isn’t painting this region in a very positive light by saying such things.
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Old 09-06-2018, 09:22 PM
 
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Bad traffic around schools? To the tune of 2 hours? That sounds ridiculous. I don’t know why that realtor said such a thing; the realtor certainly isn’t painting this region in a very positive light by saying such things.
Thanks, yeah, it was a little discouraging. It's possible he only meant the roads would just be busier than usual during those times, not necessarily bumper-to-bumper, but what we hit was definitely a fair amount of congestion. Though again maybe it was totally atypical! We will plan to try and revisit again to get a feel, but if anyone has insights or experiences living near schools would be eager to hear!
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Old 09-07-2018, 07:18 AM
 
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I think he might have meant that two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon are clogged due to rush hours, which is pretty uniform anywhere you go....

I guess he forgot to mention that Conestoga High School is the best public high school in the nation. Anyone who has the opportunity to live in that area should be bless and not complain.
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Old 09-07-2018, 07:51 AM
 
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We live very close to several schools, both private and public. Traffic definitely picks up somewhat once school starts but I’ve never seen it bumper to bumper and would never consider it a deal breaker. Also keep in mind that many of the private schools in the area are starting this week with altered schedules so this week is a little atypical. Also, even though Conestoga isn’t right next to Aronimink, several roads have altered traffic patterns because of the BMW Open and this is also adding to increased traffic.
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:09 AM
 
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I think he might have meant that two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon are clogged due to rush hours, which is pretty uniform anywhere you go....

I guess he forgot to mention that Conestoga High School is the best public high school in the nation. Anyone who has the opportunity to live in that area should be bless and not complain.
Conestoga is a huge draw, I think he meant more that living really close by could have some challenges, too, if things are pretty clogged (though again would depend on what the extent of it is). And maybe it's not an issue at all. Thanks!
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:10 AM
 
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We live very close to several schools, both private and public. Traffic definitely picks up somewhat once school starts but I’ve never seen it bumper to bumper and would never consider it a deal breaker. Also keep in mind that many of the private schools in the area are starting this week with altered schedules so this week is a little atypical. Also, even though Conestoga isn’t right next to Aronimink, several roads have altered traffic patterns because of the BMW Open and this is also adding to increased traffic.
Thanks, that's very helpful to hear, especially about the altered schedules and events that might be causing extra, atypical traffic this week. Glad to know that you don't get bumper-to-bumper in your area and that it wouldn't be a significant dissuasion to you.
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Old 09-07-2018, 12:30 PM
 
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The area around route 30 has a bit of congestion. It just depends with your tolerance. Personally, I try as much as possible to avoid school traffic, including school bus routes because you are going to be stuck behind the school buses. I have a 5 mile commute which works out to be a 10 minutes commute vs 20 minutes commute if I'm caught up with school traffic.

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Old 09-07-2018, 12:43 PM
 
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The area around route 30 has a bit of congestion. It just depends with your tolerance. Personally, I try as much as possible to avoid school traffic, including school bus routes because you are going to be stuck behind the school buses.
That makes sense. Thanks.
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Old 09-07-2018, 05:33 PM
 
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I used to live near three schools. I lived less than a mile from an elementary, and about two and a half miles from a middle school and high school. Kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school all started at different times. Great. The traffic was only really bad when the weather and roads were terrible. Buses might be late, kids still missed them, so parents drove them them to school. There always seemed to be more parents on the road when conditions were terrible. Maybe they wanted to be sure that their kid got there safely in their AWD.

Traffic wasn't too bad on nice days, though you might have to stop and wait while twenty buses left the school parking lot. There were crossing guards at intersections near the school. It really wasn't bad most of the time.
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