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Old 08-24-2010, 04:36 PM
 
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Thinking about taking a job in Salem. It seems like a decent small city, but we may want to be in the Portland area for living and for my wife's career. I thought Oregon City might be nice as it has some historic feel to it and is decently connected by transit to Portland proper. I've researched btoh Salem and Oregon City but have 2 very specific questions:

What's the commute like? I found vanpools but no bus or train options.

Are there other cities in the SE Portland Metro that we can commute from? Preferably not pure suburban sprawl or really small town places ...

Thanks!
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Old 08-24-2010, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Portland Metro
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Amtrak has a stop in Oregon City and Salem. That may be a commuting option for you.

Wilsonville is another option. There's a Cherriots express bus for commuters between Wilsonville and Salem: Cherriots | Salem-Keizer Transit
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Depending on traffic it would take about 90 minutes to get from Salem to Oregon City. Traffic starts to get bad at Wilsonville. Now you would be going the opposite direction, but really if you want to split the difference, Wilsonville, Sherwood...i.e. suburbia is where the best fit is.
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Old 09-06-2010, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA area
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I'm looking at possibly making that Tigard or Tualatin commute to Salem. Maps says it'd be about 45 minutes depending on where the house is, and I don't expect there'd be that much traffic going down south.
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:51 PM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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Amtrak is not a commute option, unless they've recently changed schedules. It's one way and only once a day.
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Depending on traffic it would take about 90 minutes to get from Salem to Oregon City. Traffic starts to get bad at Wilsonville. Now you would be going the opposite direction, but really if you want to split the difference, Wilsonville, Sherwood...i.e. suburbia is where the best fit is.
Canby, Maybe, but that would mean a transfer from CAT to Tri-Met. Wilsonville is rush hour service only. It sounds like his wife doesn't want to drive, which is going to mean a lot of hours on the bus. The Oregon City Max might really be the best bet. He's going to burn a lot of miles and 2 hours a day on that commute.
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Canby, Maybe, but that would mean a transfer from CAT to Tri-Met. Wilsonville is rush hour service only. It sounds like his wife doesn't want to drive, which is going to mean a lot of hours on the bus. The Oregon City Max might really be the best bet. He's going to burn a lot of miles and 2 hours a day on that commute.
The max doesn't come down to Salem. He'd be commuting from Oregon City to Salem. So Tri-met and bus aren't realistic options.
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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The max doesn't come down to Salem. He'd be commuting from Oregon City to Salem. So Tri-met and bus aren't realistic options.
It's his wife who would be using transit. She works in SE Portland.
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Old 09-15-2010, 12:25 AM
 
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Thanks for the advice. It seems until there is decent commuter rail the reverse commute from pdx/Oregon City to Salem is not an option (no desire for a 1 hr + car commute). I did discover that it is possible to go from Salem to Portland by Amtrak in reasonable time (1 hr maybe) - maybe not for commuting everyday but for fun. If I get the job we'll be living in Salem and can always drop by Portland on the weekends!
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:02 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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I seriously doubt there will be high speed rail or even rail commute between Salem and Portland in the next twenty years. We're much more likely to see such between Portland and Seattle. If that gets expanded to Seattle - San Francisco then it's a possibility.

Amtrak is working to get some of the Federal Transportation money so that they can increase the reliability and speed of their trains in the I-5 corridor though. It's a pretty nice trip, I went from Klamath Falls to Portland a few months ago and enjoyed the trip and the scenery.
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