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Commute Route...

I've been trying to work out the most efficient (hopefully quickest) public transportation route from Port Authority to 83rd and East End Ave. This will be a regular commute, so the 15 dollar taxi ride is out of the question. So far, I see these as my basic options, but any suggestions or other routes would be appreciated!

- C train to 80th St then Bus across 80th - this bus actually goes all the way to East End, so walking is
almost zero.
- Shuttle to the 6. 6 to 86th, then walk back to 83rd and over 5(blocks). Lots of walking. Not appealing.
- E train to Lex, then switch to the 6 - same problems as above.
- Bus across 42nd to First Ave, then Bus (m15 I think) up first ave. Slow, but minimal walking right? Would drop me fairly close to my destination.

ETA: Its been suggested to try taking the A/C to 59th then the M31 across town and up York. This is currently looking like the easiest but perhaps not the quickest route.


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May. 16th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
How far is it from your house?

I think I'm going to be getting one of these in the next week or so:

For me its just six miles from home to the studio. Plus, it'll be fun.
May. 16th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
Ah, if only I could! I've got a car, but between parking and tolls and gas it would be a nightmare... this is what the commute looks like.... not far in a straight line (ten miles?) but to drive (particularly over the George Washington bridge) would be nuts!

May. 17th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
Follow up...
After thinking about it a bit, I'm wondering how well something like this will serve you in the winter. Are the roads clear enough of ice/snow to make this practical/safe?
May. 17th, 2008 11:16 am (UTC)
Re: Follow up...
Winter, no. Right now I have my Jeep, and gas is getting out of control. My usual routine is just from home to the studio (or the camera store where I've been helping out a few days a week which is two blocks from the studio) and its six miles each way.

This way, during the spring, summer and fall, I can use this, and during the winter I can use the jeep. The jeep is in great shape, but the resale value on larger autos is nonexistant right now. We looked into trading it in while we've been looking for a car for Sara, and its pathetic what all these places offer.

Sara just picked out a Ford Focus on Thursday. We're just waiting to hear back from the bank about the load we requested yesterday.

Ultimately, the plan is to eventually find an apartment that is in downtown close to the studio and sara's work, so that all we'll need is her car, and my Jeep can stay at my folks.

So, while it won't be good for the winter, I'll be able to enjoy it the rest of the seasons. Plus I'll still have the jeep for winter, rain, camping, kayaking, and when I need to do jobs outside of the area - where I can bill clients mileage :)
May. 17th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
In my experience, buses are iffy due to traffic conditions, particularly the M15 (First Avenue bus) due to traffic incoming from Queens. Being late to work sucks. Subways are much more reliable. Building a healthy walk into your commute means less time at the gym too.

I used to work at Cornell Med on 70th, right on the East River (east of York Ave). I took the 6 to 68th Street and walked from there - two blocks uptown and five blocks east. When the weather was bad, it was easy enough to hail a taxi. It cost about $4, including tip (that was 1992 though).

If you're stuck on avoiding a walk, my advice is to take the route that avoids most incoming traffic from Jersey and Queens. You can waste 15 minutes trying to get past the traffic from a bridge or tunnel. From what I can tell, that makes option A (C train to bus across 80th) your best bet.
May. 18th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
Yep, I agree about busses being iffy... but I've always preferred to see where I'm going though, so the slower ride can be an ok trade off. I used to live on 1st and 33rd (NYU Med Center housing) and rode the M15 up to 72nd every day. Not the fastest ride, but taking the Limited was better... although like you, I was taking that ride over ten years ago so things may have changed.

But (as I posted below,) someone over at the NewYorkers community suggested a pretty decent sounding alternative - A/C to 59th then the M31 across town and up York.
May. 17th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
just to second the c train recommendation -- hopstop.com, which is my favorite thing when estimating travel times (it's usually pretty spot-on, though I don't know how much it accounts for traffic when dealing about buses), recommends the c to 81st and then the m79 bus across, which it says takes 43 minutes.
May. 18th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)

I posted this over at the NewYorkers community, and someone else recommended Hopstop which I'd never heard of. BUT, someone else suggested what I think will be a very convenient option - Take the A/C to 59th street, and apparently you can exit onto 57th street where you can pick up the M31 bus which travels across town then up York. I'm going to try a few different routes before the job starts to see what works out best though!

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