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Old 08-01-2012, 05:28 PM
 
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Hello folks,

I recently moved up from San Diego to Portland and I am thoroughly blown away at how little house you get for your dollar in Portland vs Vancouver. My job is located in Lake Oswego right off of I5 and I would like to relocate my family to Vancouver however I have been watching traffic maps for the past few weeks and traffic from about 2:30pm to 7:00pm on I5 or 84/205 looks like hell.

What are your thoughts on this commute? Does the city plan on doing anything any time soon to help remedy the situation? Is there an alternate route to avoid the traffic on either I5 or 84?
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:05 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Your route is not conducive to regular 'dayshift' commute from Vancouver > LO. Get an evening / nightshift position, or probably better to be living near work (if you value time with family).

No near term fixes for this route. I would look to Eastmoreland / Dunaway school for a nice SE pdx community. Lake O is out of most budgets. There are probably some nice areas closeby. (I am traffic averse, so would even try to get within biking / walking distance if possible.) Might need to really dig to find this, but most of the area has pockets of lower cost housing (older homes interspursed with newer)
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:12 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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SR didn't mention the fact that you'll still get taxed in Oregon too, even though you don't live here.

The Columbia River Crossing is looking more and more unlikely every month, but if it does some how miraculously get built except two-three years of even worse traffic on I-5.

You can also look in Tigard and North Wilsonville area. Not the best areas, but they're newer suburbs with a lot of large "cheap" houses, and a short commute.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:21 AM
 
Location: WA
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My neighbors moved to Vancouver for the housing and schools even though employment was in Oregon. After five years of commuting they have decided there was no schedule for them to make it acceptable and just sold their house (at a low-ball price bad for them and the neighborhood) to move south. They feel they are sacrificing their desired environment but the commute is so bad they have to do it to stay sane.
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Old 08-02-2012, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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I dunno, I take the 177 Express everyday (164, does the vancouver to downtown portland route too). There are three buses that leave to and from Portland every day. One at 6:00, 6:30, and 7:15, and comes back up from portland 3:50, 4:35, and 5:20. That's if you work in/around the DT area.

I start work at 7:00ish so I get on the bus at 6:30, and am on the bus again by 4:30. The commute can be long, but since you're not driving, it's not that big of a deal. I use it to relax/wind down/read/sleep, before I deal w/ the madness of home.

Plenty of people do it every day.
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:02 PM
 
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It may be a little more tolerable, even though it's not saying that much, if you live in East Vancouver and take 205 instead. You can get off at Exit 3, then go to L.O.
However, like others have said, if you're doing this between 630a and 930a on I 5 or 700a and 900a on 205 everyday, that will eventually almost send you to the looney bin. If it's raining, it can take 1 hour and 45 minutes, to go about 15 miles.
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:44 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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The bus is the best option for my friends that commute. But not sure of 'express route' to LO.


And yes, good to remember the OR income tax. It is more painful when thinking about it during daily commute.

205 is a much better option, BUT LO is not too reasonable to reach via 205.

In any event, having done all kinds of shifts / commutes... I will ONLY do an evening shift if I need to be in high traffic zone. STILL the cost / time of commuting is time away from family, higher risk of accident / disability / more stress, not the best situation for a family. Better to be happy and HOME.

YMMV
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:18 PM
 
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A few years ago, I commuted to NW Portland from Vancouver. It was 17 miles one way and took me 35 minutes to get to work. If I was lucky, it only took and hour and 15 minutes to get home; this was working from 7:00-4:00.
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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that's why I prefer the bus. It can be in the carpool lane, and I don't have to deal w/ the stress of driving. I can fall asleep and when I wake up...TAH DAH! I'm almost home.

I'm usually home from Downtown to the Evergreen Park and ride in 50min in the afternoon. On Fridays a whole hour maybe.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:38 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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that's why I prefer the bus. ....
OK, Great (I fully agree)... let the OP know about bus options to LO
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