South Shore to Boston Commuters???

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    Are any of you commuters from the South Shore to any of the Boston hospitals? I am moving to Kingston/Plymouth and am trying to gather as much information on commuter options into Boston hospitals as possible? How long does it take you? What modes of transportation do you use? Do you find it manageable? Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!
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    I don’t work at any of the hospitals (Im actually just starting the prerequisites to get into a bachelors program) but I do commute in from the South Shore and have been for the past 4 years or so. The biggest problem (besides traffic) can be parking if you plan on driving in. My company will not pay for it and most garages and lots around here (financial district/back bay) can be as much as $30 - $40 a day. If you hunt around you can find some cheaper lots in the $15 dollar range, but these will fill up fast. The few times that I do drive in I typically leave the house at 5:00am to be sure I beat traffic. Rte 3 is no place to be during rush hour. Another option might be the P&B bus line. Im not sure what they have for a shcedue but you can check their web site for the price and schedule info.

    www.mbta.com will give you all the station schedules for “T”, commuter rail and boat service in and out of Boston. The commuter rail for Plymouth/Kingston (which I take) goes into South Station – Its not very close to any of the hospitals but you can jump on the red line from South Station and do the train switching thing. This adds some time to the commute though. My commute generally is 1 hour to 1 ˝ hrs “door to door” coming in from either the Whitman or Abington stations. I do know of a few people who drive up to the Braintree and Quincy parking garages and take the Red Line instead of being tied to the commuter rail schedule, this offers a little more flexibility if your working on an odd schedule and might be a bit quicker if you need to change trains. Not a lot of specifics but I hope it helps.

    Good Luck!
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    I commuted to Boston from the South Shore for college... I found the best thing was to drive up to Braintree, Quincy Adams or Quincy Center to take the Red Line in. At rush hour, things start to get backed up around Weymouth to Braintree split. So, it's nice to get off and catch the train. If you work shifts that work around all the rush hours, you should breeze right in and could find parking, too. But if you work say, a 7am shift, I would leave no later than 5-5:30am.

    I believe there's a commuter rail stop in Kingston now, and there's one in Weymouth.

    Good luck!
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    I work at a Boston Hospital and depending on the Hospital there are a few choices. There are discounted t-passes,carpool vans, and shift considerations. I live in Rochester, which is in between new bedford and the Cape. I work 7p-7a. There is too much traffic in am. If you live close to the t then that would be feasible. It is definitly pros and cons to commuting. I love where I am working, but it takes me an hour to get there.
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    I drive from Hull to Quincy. I have been wondering about going in "Town".I think my best bet is the commuter boats.They leave Hull,Hingham,and Quincy .Greenbush also is another option. It should be up and running by the time I need to find a new job!






    Quote from mrs/mom/rn
    I work at a Boston Hospital and depending on the Hospital there are a few choices. There are discounted t-passes,carpool vans, and shift considerations. I live in Rochester, which is in between new bedford and the Cape. I work 7p-7a. There is too much traffic in am. If you live close to the t then that would be feasible. It is definitly pros and cons to commuting. I love where I am working, but it takes me an hour to get there.
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    Quote from aw930
    Are any of you commuters from the South Shore to any of the Boston hospitals? I am moving to Kingston/Plymouth and am trying to gather as much information on commuter options into Boston hospitals as possible? How long does it take you? What modes of transportation do you use? Do you find it manageable? Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!
    Hi!!
    This is my first post. I just graduated and I live in Hanson, MA...
    My plan is to work in Boston after taking the NCLEX (hey - maybe we can commute together) Some of my friends who are already nurses in Boston requested either a commuter rail pass, free parking, or discounted parking as part of their "package". I did two clinical rotations at Brigham and Women's and I had to pay 28 dollars a night in their parking garage..ouch!
    Another thing to consider are the hours you would like to work...whether the T is safe at that time...also - there are usually nurses that carpool so you can post your hours when you get a job.
    I do believe the commuter rail is in Kingston. Depending on where you end up working - that is usually your best bet. You can either switch to the red line in Braintree or take the commuter rail all the way to S. Station and get on the subway there. But parking is more readily available and cheaper at the commuter rail stations than at the MBTA stations.
    The best advice is to work this "problem" into your "package/benefits" request when you go for your job. I know someone who didn't give it a second thought and took a job where the parking fees were outrageous!
    Hope this helped a bit,
    Kristin
    kgag1@aol.com


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