U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Oregon > Portland
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 11-05-2009, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Texas
23 posts, read 125,188 times
Reputation: 17

Advertisements

Using Google Maps I can see it could be a long commute, but wondering what it is really like.

Here in TX, I can usually drive about 75MPH for most of my 21 mile commute, are those speeds realistic from Lake Oswego to Hillsboro?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 11-05-2009, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Oceanside and Chehalem Mtns.
716 posts, read 2,705,022 times
Reputation: 530
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeepman View Post
Using Google Maps I can see it could be a long commute, but wondering what it is really like.

Here in TX, I can usually drive about 75MPH for most of my 21 mile commute, are those speeds realistic from Lake Oswego to Hillsboro?
Only in your dreams!! You're lucky to do 40-50 during daytime commutes due to all the congestion. In good time you're looking at about 30 minutes. In bad times about 45-60 minutes.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-05-2009, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Florida
6,262 posts, read 18,600,057 times
Reputation: 4742
and.........I wouldn't advise anyone to drive 75 MPH anywhere around here-ever!
Will admit the speed limit on the interstates here are much lower than most places. I drive the speed limit.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-05-2009, 09:43 PM
 
Location: PNW
682 posts, read 2,333,551 times
Reputation: 653
The problem is that there are few major arteries in the Portland area, so you're severely limited in your options for getting anywhere via a freeway. Hwy 217 gets very congested during rush hour. There are a few back roads that will save you the hassle of stop and go traffic, but they don't necessarily save much time (River Road/Hwy 210).

I did the commute from Hillsboro to Oregon City a few times a week for several months, but it was in the middle of the day without typical commuter traffic. It took me about 50 minutes.

If you're working in Hillsboro, there are plenty of nice places to live much closer than Lake Oswego.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-06-2009, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Greater PDX
1,018 posts, read 3,964,203 times
Reputation: 954
I commute from the eastern edges of Hillsboro to Tigard, which is right on the edge of Lake O. My commute is about 11-12 miles and generally takes about 30-35 minutes (shorter in summer because there are fewer people on the road).

There is really no "back way" to go because the area south of Hillsboro is hilly terrain, so you have to drive pretty slow.

Coming from Texas as I did, it takes some getting used to that there are geographic considerations (mainly hills) that affect how fast you can go and where highways can be built.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-06-2009, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Texas
23 posts, read 125,188 times
Reputation: 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by figmalt View Post
The problem is that there are few major arteries in the Portland area, so you're severely limited in your options for getting anywhere via a freeway. Hwy 217 gets very congested during rush hour. There are a few back roads that will save you the hassle of stop and go traffic, but they don't necessarily save much time (River Road/Hwy 210).

I did the commute from Hillsboro to Oregon City a few times a week for several months, but it was in the middle of the day without typical commuter traffic. It took me about 50 minutes.

If you're working in Hillsboro, there are plenty of nice places to live much closer than Lake Oswego.
Thanks for the replies so far, and figmalt, this is nice to hear. Not being in Oregon yet, limits us to Greatschools type of websites, and Lake Oswego rates highly. Part of the issue is our income doesn't allow private schools, so we have to/choose to find the best public schooling.

When looking at Hillsboro, the "rating" is a 7 vs. a 10 for Lake Oswego. A compromise would be an 8.5 I guess so we will keep our eyes open.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-10-2009, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
62 posts, read 247,014 times
Reputation: 55
That would be a horrible commute. Hwy 217 is jam-packed every day, and Hwy 26 after that also gets clustered. I would expect at least a 45-55 minute commute each way.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-10-2009, 01:33 PM
 
Location: PNW
682 posts, read 2,333,551 times
Reputation: 653
I think Beaverton or parts of Tigard might be a good middle ground. The schools are good, and it's not too far from Hillsboro.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-10-2009, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Texas
23 posts, read 125,188 times
Reputation: 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by figmalt View Post
I think Beaverton or parts of Tigard might be a good middle ground. The schools are good, and it's not too far from Hillsboro.
We have added West Slope to our list as well. I did read West Slope will be Annexed in 2010 by Beaverton. So it may be we will be in Beaverton either way.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-14-2009, 06:51 PM
 
143 posts, read 785,995 times
Reputation: 87
Another option would be Sherwood. My DH commuted from here to Hillsboro for about a year and it took him around 25 minutes each way, all on backroads. Sherwood is a great family town, with good schools and a great sense of community.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Oregon > Portland

All times are GMT -6.

¬© 2005-2023, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top