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Old 10-10-2015, 09:40 AM
 
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Hi All,

I'm moving out to Seattle from NYC and will have a job in Kent, WA, since I'm single I would like to live where there are a significant amount of young singles, capitol hill, fremont, etc. I've heard the reverse commute via car and/or public transport will still be pretty tough. My current commute time in NYC is 30 -40 minutes via subway and I'm ok with that now, is this the realistic time for a reverse commute from Seattle to Kent for a standard 9-5 job. I know my company offers carpool options and some people tend to bike to work as well. Dont' know how that will play a part in the commute, but just wanted to guage everyones feedback on the reverse commute and understand what "tough or Long" actually entails.

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Old 10-10-2015, 12:18 PM
 
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The reverse shouldn't be that bad if you live in Capitol Hill/downtown or south of downtown.

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Old 10-10-2015, 01:33 PM
 
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I don't think the commute would be that horrible, but getting through downtown Seattle at any time of day can be a pain, so if it were me, I would not live in a north seattle neighborhood and commute to Kent. That could be an hour +.
But Columbia City, or Beacon Hill, or the Central District, or even West Seattle would make that commute a lot shorter, and all of those neighborhoods have some very nice parts.
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Old 10-10-2015, 06:10 PM
 
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The good news: if you live in South Seattle or south of that, the commute won't be bad.

The bad news: if you live in Cap Hill, or north of there, you will have to deal with downtown traffic and that could add quite a bit more time to your commute.

The good news: you aren't limited to the highways for the most part.

The bad news: Kent is a physically large place and encompasses farmland, industrial areas, a ghetto of sorts, and a (small) downtown area. There are several ways to get there, but traffic tends to be compacted in Hwy 167 so if you are on that highway, a significant amount of time can be spent just waiting for that traffic to clear up.

Google says it takes about 1 hour to get back and forth between Cap Hill and Kent, WA. I believe it. Anytime you commute more than 5 miles or so, budget at least 30-45 minutes for your commute.
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Old 10-10-2015, 06:24 PM
 
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You are commuting from Seattle to Kent every day at rush hour? Wow, I feel sorry for you.. Bring a good book with you. As of the last few years that commute has become brutal.
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Old 10-10-2015, 06:52 PM
 
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Just because you started a new thread, doesn't mean you'll get different answers.
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Old 10-10-2015, 07:42 PM
 
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Just because you write in the thread doesn't mean anyone will listen..
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Old 10-10-2015, 07:47 PM
 
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I don't think the commute would be that horrible, but getting through downtown Seattle at any time of day can be a pain, so if it were me, I would not live in a north seattle neighborhood and commute to Kent. That could be an hour +.
But Columbia City, or Beacon Hill, or the Central District, or even West Seattle would make that commute a lot shorter, and all of those neighborhoods have some very nice parts.
For me, what I consider nice is bars and young people to make friends etc. 40 minutes in a car isn't a bad commute, I'm ok with that, secondly I can always just leave my apt at 7 or 7:30 and avoid the majority of the traffic as I'm assuming the traffic won't be heavy til after 8? I've been hearing mixed feedback all around, think I just need to go for it and see if I can do it or not.
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Old 10-11-2015, 01:20 AM
 
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the traffic is heavy after 6:30
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Old 10-11-2015, 01:37 AM
 
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For me, what I consider nice is bars and young people to make friends etc. 40 minutes in a car isn't a bad commute, I'm ok with that, secondly I can always just leave my apt at 7 or 7:30 and avoid the majority of the traffic as I'm assuming the traffic won't be heavy til after 8? I've been hearing mixed feedback all around, think I just need to go for it and see if I can do it or not.
SO you say.. Have fun.. Remember the advice about the book

Seattle's traffic in the just 3 years I have been here went from kinda crappy to atrocious. I feel sorry for all people who have to make a South Sound commute.. The commute up North is crappy, but not as crappy as down South.. Poor souls.

Here is some advice, do not drive on the I-405, period!!!


Kent is also a very grimey, gritty and ghetto town, probably the most dingy town in the entire Puget Sound. Be warned. I would advise not living or socializing in that town. I was there recently and it just seems to get crappier and more ghetto every time I visit. I hadn't been there for 3 years since my last visit , but had to go to an PC Emergency Care place that was open late at immediate notice and the only place I could go was Kent. I was there for the whole day and was all to happy to leave that wretched town. Even Tacoma is much nicer (in most parts) than all of Kent.
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