The Hybrid Work Schedule | Commuting From Ulster County, NY
We’re sure you’ve likely heard of and even experienced the rise of remote work following the pandemic. Many of us know the commonplace jokes about Zoom meetings and company “happy hours” as everyone worked to navigate all of the challenges and changes that came with quarantine restrictions. Have you heard of a hybrid work schedule, though? Reports in the first half of 2021 are predicting the rise of a mix between remote work and being back in the office.
A hybrid work schedule offers some of the flexibility of working from home, while supplementing this with in-office time to collaborate face to face and enjoy a little extra social interaction. The rise of remote work has offered many the flexibility to plan moving themselves and/or their families away from the big city and out into the suburbs. A hybrid remote work schedule may influence your distance from a larger city for work opportunities, but will still open up your options quite a bit!
For those of you interested in moving to Ulster County, NY, you might be wondering if the commute to NYC, for example, is do-able. Before you continue reading, take a look at one of our previous blogs about why you should consider moving to Ulster County. Now let’s move on to commuting options!
Commuting from Ulster County, NY
Even when we look at pre-pandemic numbers, many in the Hudson Valley continue to rely on NYC jobs to support themselves and their families. Depending on your line of work, it’s likely much easier to find a secure, higher paying position in a big city vs. out in the “sticks”! Luckily, Ulster County offers different commuting options that will get you into the city in a reasonable amount of time. Keep in mind that your total travel time will vary based on your office hours and if you’re commuting during rush hour. We highly recommend testing out your planned commute prior to making any major decisions about moving.
Your best bet for planning your potential commute from Ulster County is to visit the MTA site and take a look at the maps. Many of us take the Hudson Line all the way up that puts you in Poughkeepsie as the stop furthest north from NYC. For a quick look at time and fares between train stations, take a look here.
One of the most common ways to get from Ulster County, NY to the Poughkeepsie station is via UCAT, or Ulster County Area Transit. You can download their app on iOS or Google Play and see real-time information on the buses, routes, scheduling and more. Planning routes via Google Maps is another option as well!
Don’t forget good ol’ word of mouth and personal experiences as well to help guide your decision! Ask friends and family, coworkers, and utilize Google to see how other people are choosing to commute. There are often new options cropping up that help people who live further away from the city commute more efficiently. You can find many threads of conversation on sites like Quora or Reddit where there are entire sub-sections of conversations dedicated to life in the Hudson Valley.
If you’ve found a commuting gem, we encourage you to join the conversations online and share with us! You can find us on social media at the following: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The UCBR team is your go-to source for everything real estate in Ulster County, NY. Learn more about why you should be looking for a REALTOR® before making your next move. We’re more than happy to help you in your search!