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Old 08-26-2017, 08:27 AM
 
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I am considering buying a smallish house in Williamsburg and commuting weekly to the DC area for work. Would have a commuter room or studio in northern Virginia for the time during the week. Is this possible? Do people commute via train or other form of public transit, or is it all driving?
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Old 08-26-2017, 11:15 AM
 
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I wouldn't do it, but to each their own. It's a drive, no train. Why not live in DC and stay at a B&B or something similar on the weekends in Williamsburg?
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Old 08-26-2017, 12:46 PM
 
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I wouldn't do it, but to each their own. It's a drive, no train. Why not live in DC and stay at a B&B or something similar on the weekends in Williamsburg?
It's possible on the Northeast Regional
https://www.amtrak.com/ccurl/979/389...W06-072917.pdf but you would have to come and go on the weekend. The timing is not good enough to use for regular commuting M-F and it's not the most reliable route in my experience. There's a Greyhound Bus too https://www.wanderu.com/en/bus-ticke...washington-dc/. The timing for both is wretched - you would only have Sat night and Sun morning in Williamsburg. If you are determined to do this the cost would be much more expensive than simply renting in the DC area and taking occasional visits to Williamsburg, as Spazcat pointed out.

If you want to drive, Williamsburg to DC metro is around 160 miles depending on where you are going and takes roughly three hours each way if there is no traffic tie up. There are always traffic ties ups M-F and often weekends too on I-95. You will find that will get very old very fast. If you haven't bought a house in Williamsburg, you won't be hogtied into that unfortunate situation.
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Old 08-27-2017, 02:21 AM
 
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It's possible on the Northeast Regional
https://www.amtrak.com/ccurl/979/389...W06-072917.pdf but you would have to come and go on the weekend. The timing is not good enough to use for regular commuting M-F and it's not the most reliable route in my experience. There's a Greyhound Bus too https://www.wanderu.com/en/bus-ticke...washington-dc/. The timing for both is wretched - you would only have Sat night and Sun morning in Williamsburg. If you are determined to do this the cost would be much more expensive than simply renting in the DC area and taking occasional visits to Williamsburg, as Spazcat pointed out.

If you want to drive, Williamsburg to DC metro is around 160 miles depending on where you are going and takes roughly three hours each way if there is no traffic tie up. There are always traffic ties ups M-F and often weekends too on I-95. You will find that will get very old very fast. If you haven't bought a house in Williamsburg, you won't be hogtied into that unfortunate situation.
I live in Williamsburg, Lightfoot to be exact. It's 40 miles to downtown Richmond from my house. From downtown Richmond to the southern reaches of the DC metro (Spotsylvania/Stafford Counties) it's another 40 miles, thats 80 miles in total, half of the 160 miles that you speak of. It takes me 1.5 to two hours to get to Tyson's with no 95/Beltway tie ups.

Not trolling, just correcting.
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Old 08-27-2017, 06:08 AM
 
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I live in Williamsburg, Lightfoot to be exact. It's 40 miles to downtown Richmond from my house. From downtown Richmond to the southern reaches of the DC metro (Spotsylvania/Stafford Counties) it's another 40 miles, thats 80 miles in total, half of the 160 miles that you speak of. It takes me 1.5 to two hours to get to Tyson's with no 95/Beltway tie ups.

Not trolling, just correcting.
Thanks, it helps to have perspective from someone who drives it regularly. I have driven from NoVA through Williamsburg a couple pf times. Since Virginia Beach was my actual destination I did not focus on time and mileage to Williamsburg. I got the mileage figures from Google Maps. If using WashDC as a generic starting point and Williamsburg as the destination, I get 153 miles via I-95 and 166 miles via 301. I did not realize the time varies depending on what time of day you call it up. Right now it shows between 2 hrs 20 min to 2 hrs 59 min depending on route chosen.

Although Spotsylvania is technically NoVA (depending on who you talk to as some people have strong opinions about that ) I can tell you that commuting into DC or areas of NoVA is no piece of cake as I did it myself for years. People in the NoVA forum agonize over commuting in from the far flung southern reaches of Stafford and Spotsylvania. Many draw the line at Woodbridge.
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Old 08-27-2017, 07:34 AM
 
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This makes absolute zero sense.

Let's put this into perspective:

Hellish commute both to and from DC.

Live in a cardboard box while at work.

Spend 48 hours in Williamsburg.

Repeat.

Pay both a mortgage and rent.

Different strokes I guess, but most people wouldn't do it.
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Old 08-28-2017, 07:33 AM
 
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An idea that might be slightly more palatable would be to drive to staples mills in Richmond and take the train from there. It has a better schedule and more trains. The only issue might be the cost of parking but it seems reasonable, I think 5 dollars a day.
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Old 08-28-2017, 05:50 PM
 
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Why?
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Old 08-30-2017, 07:20 AM
 
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I am considering buying a smallish house in Williamsburg and commuting weekly to the DC area for work. Would have a commuter room or studio in northern Virginia for the time during the week. Is this possible? Do people commute via train or other form of public transit, or is it all driving?
It would have to be Amtrak. The problem you'll have is that the train doesn't leave until 9 am. And coming back there's one that leaves DC at 5:41 pm. You wouldn't even be able to work 8 hours. You're also looking at, potentially, $100 each way.

I wouldn't do it. Even if there was a train that could leave in time to get you there. You might be able to do better leaving from Richmond and taking that train instead, but you're still fighting traffic getting to Richmond from Williamsburg. They're expanding 64 by one lane but we need 4 lanes each way in my opinion. Its only three lanes from Richmond to DC and that still isn't enough, so there's no sense in just adding an additional lane when you can just look North and see that you'll soon need an additional 2 each way.

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Old 08-30-2017, 07:47 AM
 
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It would have to be Amtrak. The problem you'll have is that the train doesn't leave until 9 am. And coming back there's one that leaves DC at 5:41 pm. You wouldn't even be able to work 8 hours. You're also looking at, potentially, $100 each way.

I wouldn't do it. Even if there was a train that could leave in time to get you there. You might be able to do better leaving from Richmond and taking that train instead, but you're still fighting traffic getting to Richmond from Williamsburg. They're expanding 64 by one lane but we need 4 lanes each way in my opinion. Its only three lanes from Richmond to DC and that still isn't enough, so there's no sense in just adding an additional lane when you can just look North and see that you'll soon need an additional 2 each way.
Same with the HRBT. The traffic studies concluded that going to just six lanes wouldn't be sufficient to handle the growth in the region (eight or ten would have been better), but that's what we're getting because it's cheaper and easier to execute.
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