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Old 08-19-2013, 03:28 AM
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What is one-way car commute time from Redmond to First Hill (and reverse)? Google says 22 min, 15 miles. What is reality with traffic and when are and when are not traffic bottlenecks? Any public transportation options (train, bus) and times of one-way commute?
What is that area like in at least 2-3 sentences? Safe or sketchy? Major characteristics?
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:58 AM
Location: Duvall, WA
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If you take the 520 bridge and pay the tolls (averages $3-4 each way), your commute probably wouldn't be too bad. I'm guessing 30-45 minutes.

Seattle doesn't really have a train option, but they have excellent bus service. I just used Metro's Online Trip Planner and it looks like you could go from the Redmond Transit center to 5th and Marion in 47 minutes.

Redmond is extraordinarily safe. I don't think there's any part of Redmond that you could call sketchy.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:12 AM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I have made that trip in 20 minutes at 5:30am, after about 6:00 it would be more like 45, and going home close to an hour. It also depends on where in Redmond. The times I gave are from the Overlake area or Downtown where freeway access is easier. If you are out in the Education Hill or Redmond Ridge areas add 15-20 more minutes.
Things may improve after the new bridge has been completed but expect the toll to go up too. Depending on where you are in Redmond you could take I90 and avoid the toll since First Hill is not far from 90 but 405 between Redmond and I90 is like a parking lot more often than not.
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