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Old 05-28-2008, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Louisville, KY
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Anyone know what a commute from the King of Prussia area to center City would be like?
Is it driveable or would public transportation be better?
Thanks
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:22 PM
 
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A choice of commute between KOP and Center City is sort of like asking to pick your poison.

Public transit isn't very convenient at the moment. The swiftest route would be from the Gulph Mills High-Speedline train station (Route 100) but as parking is limited at best, you would need to be dropped off or arrive by bus. You would take the 100 train southbound to 69th Street and transfer (for an extra fare) to the Market-Frankford El train which would take you eastbound into Center City. From Gulph Mills, it's about a 45 minute ride, including a short wait between trains.

The most direct route would be to take either the 124 or 125 bus from the King of Prussia Mall area down into Center City via the Schuykill (SCHOOL-kill) Expressway aka I-76. Theoretically it should take about 75 minutes but traffic will likely stretch that out to at least 90 minutes.

And then there's driving. King of Prussia is at the nexus of three major highways: The PA Turnpike (I-276), The Blue Route (I-476) and the aforementioned Schuykill Expressway. You will not only be competing for road space with people heading down the Schuykill but with others coming into KOP as it not only contains the 2nd largest shopping complex in America but also the biggest employment center in the region. Ideally it would take you 40 minutes to get downtown once you enter the Schuykill but inevitable traffic can lengthen that considerably. If you can change your commute to avoid rush hour, you will be much more sane.


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Anyone know what a commute from the King of Prussia area to center City would be like?
Is it driveable or would public transportation be better?
Thanks

Last edited by FindingZen; 05-29-2008 at 06:21 AM.. Reason: typo
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:49 PM
 
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I would say unless you work in the professional services sector where you will be working at client sites most of the time and only driving into the city for once a month meetings or training and such, I wouldn't recommend it.

Better to live closer to the city if that's where you're working every day.
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Old 06-01-2008, 09:51 AM
 
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Default Not a fun commute

KOP area has some of the worst commuter traffic in the Philly region. Almost anywhere else will be easierr to navigate.
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