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Old 07-17-2009, 07:34 PM
 
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For a variety of reasons, I am looking to relocate from CT to Tarrytown/Irvington/Sleepy Hollow...I work in Stamford. Question is - is it a terrible commute during rush hour (I work a typical 9-5 job). After work, I can get from Stamford to Tarrytown 30 min no problem, but I heard the morning commute is terrible, particularly 287. I would like to relocate to one of these towns and commute north but I'm afraid the commute will be ridiculous. Any insight into length of travel/back roads/etc would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 07-18-2009, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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To avoid 287 and 95 through Greenwich, from Tarrytown, I would take Route 119 (Tarrytown Road) that parallels 287. Follow it to White Plains, where you would get on Main Street, by the train station, and follow that to Broadway. You would turn right on Broadway, headed toward The Westchester and turn left to get on Westchester Avenue which is Route 119 again.

You would then take the turn to Purchase, Anderson Hill Road, and follow it to Route 120A where Anderson Hill Road ends, which is the Connecticut Line. After that, you would turn right on King Street (Route 120A) and follow it to the Merritt Parkway North (CT 15).

Follow the Merritt North to the Long Ridge Road exit, proceeding south toward Stamford. That route avoids much of the traffic, but until you get on the Merritt, you have lights with which to contend, and a bit of traffic in White Plains, though most of the roads don't have similar jam issues as the entire way on 287 and 95 can have during rush hour. It might take just under an hour, depending upon the time you leave and the lights, etc. and the origin and destination points within Tarrytown and Stamford, respectively.
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Old 07-18-2009, 03:36 AM
 
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Its not insane its doable.

I think Bmwguydc gave you great directions and advice. I would just say in the mornings in Tarrytown, the only part of 119 that deals with ALOT of traffic is between Taxter Rd and 9A/Saw Mill River rd/Elmsford sq. In general you only get traffic on that part of 119 when schools are in session (from 8-10 am) due to people getting off i287 and people getting off the saw mill pkwy further down the street.
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Old 07-18-2009, 10:26 AM
 
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it is very jammed during rush hours from I287 exit 6 all the way to tappen zee. I used to live in hartsdale and commute to stamford and i felt so lucky that i only had to go through 2 of those heavily jammed exits. plus it's very often that the whole I287 is jammed from exit 8 then it took me an hour to get home vs. 1/2 hour during non-rush hour. the alternative is from merritt parkway take king street go all the way up to greenwich then the reservoir and westchester airport, it will take you down to tarrytown. it's a big detour and i only used it when i knew there was a big accident/ flooding on I287 (which did happen sometimes, not a lot). 119 is a good alternative but it's just too many traffice lights and especially slow during rush hour. for a normal day traffic, it's actually faster to drive on I287 at 5- 10 miles an hour rather than going through local route. i would not live in tarry town if i worked in stamford.
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Old 07-18-2009, 10:29 AM
 
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although, my old colleague who lived across the bridge always left home before 7 am and left work around 4:30. if you can somehow rearrange your work hour, you will have a much much better commute.
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Old 07-19-2009, 12:14 AM
 
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PEmom brings up a good point about flooding whenever there's a nasty storm. That can unexpectedly throw a wrench into your commute for hours!
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Old 07-19-2009, 01:44 PM
 
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These responses are all very helpful - thank you all. I can actually arrange my hours to 10-6...would this make the commute easier? What time does traffic really pick up and die down in the AM on 287? Thanks again.
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