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Old 04-15-2009, 08:30 AM
 
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hi all,

we are thinking of moving to swarthmore, and i will be working at penn. i will typically leave for work after 9 am, so would avoid rush traffic driving to penn along baltimore pike in the morning.

should i expect a lot of traffic heading west along baltimore pike in the afternoon (between 4-6 pm)?

(i know that i could train to penn, but the house we're considering isn't within walking distance of the train station, so it may be quicker to just drive all the way in.)

thanks!
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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My guess is that most people with that commute use 76 and I-95 instead of Baltimore Pike.

Swarthmore is only a few minutes from the Ridley Park exit on I-95. Baltimore Pikes traffic although formidable is less of a concern than having to go through some sketchy areas of far West Philly. Its not a great stretch and most people avoid driving through it.

It all has to do with your personal comfort level in city settings.

Good luck.
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:09 AM
 
Location: SE Florida
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hi all,

we are thinking of moving to swarthmore, and i will be working at penn. i will typically leave for work after 9 am, so would avoid rush traffic driving to penn along baltimore pike in the morning.
thanks!
Balti Pike is always full of traffic. You will encounter a lot of traffic lights but they seem tolerable going West at the time you will be going home. The squeeze is in Clifton Heights and Lansdowne. I would stay away from the Blue Route and I-95 if you can because each have their off and on traffic times and it usually gets crowded when you need to get somewhere fast.

My wife use to work for the school at Penn for 28 years and we use to live in Newtown Sq. Penn's parking 6 years ago was around $4.50/day and I use to park for free where I worked in Philly. Sometimes she went to work with her girlfriend so maybe carpooling could work to your advantage.
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Old 04-15-2009, 12:00 PM
 
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Ideally you would take the R3 Regional Rail Line to University city. If you want to drive, you would drive straight down Baltimore Pike - traffic going that way is not so bad and this is the fastest way to get to Penn; even the reverse commute will be a fairly easy one, except for the trolleys you can get stuck behind in the city. Synergy is right about the bottleneck through Clifton Heights - you may want to take Burmont Rd up to Garrett Rd and then make a left to pick up Baltimore Pike again. And the drive is a safe one - keep your windows up and doors locked if you are the skittish type but I have never had any problems driving through that section of West Philly.

But honestly, driving to the train and taking it in will be the fastest, most stress free, best use of time type commute.

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Old 04-15-2009, 05:51 PM
 
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amazingly helpful replies. thanks!
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Old 04-17-2009, 12:41 PM
 
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Your ride in the morning will be pretty easy. It's the afternoon commute that will take longer for the reasons mentioned above. But it is nothing too strenuous...and you may pass a lot of retail on the way home, so you can always get some errands done!
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