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Old 05-25-2008, 12:46 AM
 
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Ihave a question, for all of you who moved from NYC tp PA and commute to the city by train was it worth it now that gas prices has gone up? I know that many times you have to drive to the train and in certain areas you need a car to get around PA.
The reason I ask is because I am slated to have a good government job soon in NYC and will be looking to buy in Montgomery county, PA or somewhere not too far from public transportation but a safe area. I will be looking to commute by train and my hubby will be able to get a transfer to an office in PA with no problem. I will only be doing this commute for up to 3 years max. Will the gas price issue be a major negative factor? for those who do this commute whats the cons so far aside from the commute time? (not worried as I know some people who commute from NJ to NYC and take 2 hours) I am purely talking in regards to gas prices.
For those wondering yes prices of homes are going down but not in NYC!
thanks in advance
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:28 PM
 
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Assuming the SEPTA/NJ Transit train fares don't rise dramatically, I don't see gas prices being a factor. Now if were required to drive from PA to NYC, that could be a potential deal-breaker once you run a numbers comparison.

As it is, you may want to consider communities in Bucks County as it would make a train commute doable and a car commute, if necessary, somewhat more bearable.

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Ihave a question, for all of you who moved from NYC tp PA and commute to the city by train was it worth it now that gas prices has gone up? I know that many times you have to drive to the train and in certain areas you need a car to get around PA.
The reason I ask is because I am slated to have a good government job soon in NYC and will be looking to buy in Montgomery county, PA or somewhere not too far from public transportation but a safe area. I will be looking to commute by train and my hubby will be able to get a transfer to an office in PA with no problem. I will only be doing this commute for up to 3 years max. Will the gas price issue be a major negative factor? for those who do this commute whats the cons so far aside from the commute time? (not worried as I know some people who commute from NJ to NYC and take 2 hours) I am purely talking in regards to gas prices.
For those wondering yes prices of homes are going down but not in NYC!
thanks in advance
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Old 05-25-2008, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Drexel Hill/Lansdowne
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i never understood why people would commute to Manhattan from Philly. How much more do you make up there???

a >$100,000 raise would make me lose 4 hours of each and every day to purely commute back and forth...
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Old 05-26-2008, 10:59 PM
 
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i never understood why people would commute to Manhattan from Philly. How much more do you make up there???

a >$100,000 raise would make me lose 4 hours of each and every day to purely commute back and forth...
Ant$, I understand your thinking but we live in east NY borderline bedstuy. If you know the area I speak of 'nough said! Looking at the prices of homes in NYC id be renting forever and my kids will never know the meaning of living in a decent middle class area without hearing gun shots and working hard to obtain the dream of being a homeowner, instead of overextending yourself just to say you live in NYC! (p.s. I know someone who bought a home in NYC for $490,000 W/7 percent interest rate on a $47,000 income and her hubby makes $25,000 so she works very late to make ends meet and to have the chance to say she lives in NYC! NO THANKS!)

Secondly, I'll only be doing this max 3 years as I am currently in school to become a nurse at which point ill be working at one of the hospitals in PA or the VA admin. hospital.
I'm a woman with a plan!

Tone509 thanks for the info!
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:54 PM
 
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Will the gas price issue be a major negative factor?
Spot shortages are a distinct possibility, so getting to the station may be problematic.
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Old 05-29-2008, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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Gas prices wouldn't really impact many Philly-NYC commuters because Northeast Corridor trains (both for Amtrak and SEPTA/NJ Transit) use electric power, not diesel power. Mind you, a lot of electricity is generated using coal, and coal is also rising in price, but not as quickly as petroleum (and coal was cheaper to begin with).
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