Originally Posted by jcapo
Traffic may be horrid these days.
No "may be" about it. Traffic IS horrid! Google
maps says one hour from Island Estates to MacDill. Yeah, maybe at 4am. During rush hour I would expect it to take a bare minimum of an hour and a half; any accidents on the route
and you can at least double, maybe even triple, that.
From downtown St. Pete the route
is easy enough, but it will also take quite a while in rush hour traffic. Again, Google
maps says 40 minutes, but at least double that for rush hour.
My advice would be to start with a cheap
apartment near the base while you scope
out the area and find something more permanent. Wherever you decide to end up, go there very early in the morning a few times and see what the rush hour traffic is like getting to the base. My guess is that you'll be surprised and quite disappointed with how long it takes.
A pet peeve of mine, but the roads around here are awful, and public transportation is useless. None of the local communities want to cooperate with any of the others to establish an area-wide transportation plan, and every attempt to pass a tax to improve public transportation gets voted down. Civic leaders talk about wanting to make this a "world class" metropolitan area, but it is never going to happen so long as transportation options are so lousy.