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Old 03-09-2013, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, Va
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I have been offered a job in Columbia. But I live in Northern Virginia and I would like to know if there is a way to get to Columbia without using a car?
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:20 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I would like to know if there is a way to get to Columbia without using a car?
No practical way.


Howard County - Route Schedules & Maps
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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If you can get to DC, you can take a commuter bus. I know the 929 bus for sure, perhaps there are others. You can also take the MARC, then transfer to a local bus. This is not a quick option, though, and is about 2 1/2 hours each direction.

The limitation to the commuter bus (and MARC/bus) is what are you going to do once you get to Columbia? We don't have the best public transit system here. It's limited and drivers often ignore schedules.
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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This is a better link:

Transit Information Overview | Maryland Transit Administration

I believe, if I heard correctly, the MTA is going to take over Howard County Transit.
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, Va
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If you can get to DC, you can take a commuter bus. I know the 929 bus for sure, perhaps there are others. You can also take the MARC, then transfer to a local bus. This is not a quick option, though, and is about 2 1/2 hours each direction.

The limitation to the commuter bus (and MARC/bus) is what are you going to do once you get to Columbia? We don't have the best public transit system here. It's limited and drivers often ignore schedules.

Can I use the smartrip on the the 929 bus? and what are the operating hours Northbound and southbound?
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, Va
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This is a better link:

Transit Information Overview | Maryland Transit Administration

I believe, if I heard correctly, the MTA is going to take over Howard County Transit.
What kind of transit card can I use in either MTA bus or Howard transit? Which line goes to columbia and passes through a Marc train station
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:43 PM
 
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It's gonna be LONG commute, buddy.
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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Can I use the smartrip on the the 929 bus? and what are the operating hours Northbound and southbound?
In retrospect, my information regarding the commuter bus is wrong...they only operate from Columbia to DC in the AM, then from DC to Columbia in the PM.

I know for a fact that there are DC busses that go to BWI and you can take the Silver bus into Columbia...and that BWI to Columbia is one hour in itself by public transportation, considering that you do not miss Silver bus.

If you insist on commuting by public transportation, your best bet would be to ride the Metro to Laurel and then taking the E bus into Columbia. It would probably be cheaper to just drive the commute.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:49 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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It would probably be cheaper to just drive the commute.
It would certainly be faster.

OP: decline the job offer or move to Columbia.
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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If you insist on commuting by public transportation, your best bet would be to ride the Metro to Laurel and then taking the E bus into Columbia.
The Metro does not go anywhere near Laurel. Greenbelt is the closest station to Laurel.
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