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How long does it take to commute from Boston to Providence during rush hour?

by tom44 on November 28, 2012

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Question by Faisal Z: How long does it take to commute from Boston to Providence during rush hour?
I live in Quincy, MA. (near Boston) and I have a job offer in Cranston, RI (near Providence)
I am wondering how long it would take to drive there realistically considering traffic in the morning and at night.
I would appreciate some estimates from people who travel this route.

Best answer:

Answer by dustin
Based on some proprietary data that I have at work, I checked a route from Nicks Pizza & Subs, 65 Granite St, Quincy, MA 02169 (617) 471-6181 to Marias Pizza Restaurant, 949 Pontiac Ave, Cranston, RI 02920 (401) 785-1150. Your route is on I-93 and I-95 – 48.5 miles that would take 52 minutes if uncongested.

In the 7 AM hour, the travel time will be: 57 minutes on Monday and Thursday; 58 minutes on Tuesday; 59 minutes on Wednesday; 56 minutes on Friday; 52 minutes on Saturday; and 53 minutes on Sunday. The trip will only take 1 or 2 minutes more each day in the 8 AM hour.

In the 5 PM hour, the travel time will be: 1 hour and 1 minute on Monday; 1 hour and 6 minutes on Tuesday; 1 hour and 5 minutes on Wednesday; 1 hour and 7 minutes on Thursday and Friday; 56 minutes on Saturday; and 57 minutes on Sunday.

Of course, the travel times assume that there are not any crashes or incidents along your route – hard to know in advance when those will happen.

Overall, not too bad a commute for Boston as it is a reverse commute and if you can put up with the ride and have a good car why bother with the expense and hassle of moving closer to Cranston.

You should can check out the mapquest.com page for your preferred route(s) and you can click on “traffic” at the top right of the webpage to see what conditions are like at the time(s) you want to go there and back to see what traffic is like and how long it should take you.

If you have an iPhone or Android phone, INRIX (a leading traffic data company) makes it traffic information available for free with the INRIX Traffic! app on major roads throughout the country and they have an upgrade to the Pro version for $ 10 a year or $ 25 lifetime that has coverage on these roads and local roads as well – more details at the 2nd link below.

Good luck and safe travels!

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