Hey everyone! Thanks for reading. I would really really love the input of some area veterans on my problem. I'm a twenty-something woman who will be relocating to the Philly area in a few months. My boyfriend has a job in Center City, I grew up in DelCo, and we're both young folk interested in a city culture, so we'd really like to live in Philly. My job, however, is in New Jersey -- about 15-20 min west of Trenton off I-195, past Hamilton.
This is not ideal, obviously, but I'm trying to figure out how to minimize the unpleasantness of the commute (I should also add that I'll probably only be at this position for a year or two). I have two questions:
1) How terrible/lengthy will driving be? Is there any alternative?
This is a reverse commute, right? How's the congestion then?
I know SEPTA has a Trenton line, but there's really no way to get from the Trenton Transit Station to the office. However -- and this might be totally insane, that's why I want some outside input -- I might soon be in possession of two cars: my old clunker (which runs decently on short trips) and the better one my brother's kindly gifting me when he moves out of town. I'd been planning on giving the clunker to charity or a recycling program or something. Instead, is there any way I could leave it at the Trenton station semi-permanently so that I could just take the R7 from Philly and then jump in the car and drive the final 15 min to work? Do you think parking options like that exist? How much might they cost?
This job comes with a huge raise from my last one, so I'm willing to spend some money to not have to drive the whole commute. The insurance on that clunker is only $350 a year. Is this completely crazy or impossible?
1) What neighborhood should we live in?
My first instinct is NoLibs/Fishtown so I could just pop on 95. Good idea? Cool place for young people?