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Old 05-30-2013, 04:02 PM
 
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I currently live in Columbia near snowden river parkway and 175, I commute to the Chinatown area in DC. I currently take the Marc train and I'm looking for a way to shorten my commute. I have considered going to silver spring or Greenbelt metro but I am concerned that 95 will be so congested it will make my commute longer. Any ideas? How is everyone else doing this commute?
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:05 PM
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I currently live in Columbia ... I commute to the Chinatown area in DC.
... I'm looking for a way to shorten my commute.
As I see it you have two basic options:
1) Work in or closer to Columbia
2) Live in or closer to DC

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Old 05-30-2013, 04:09 PM
 
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If only that were possible. I'm just looking to hear how everyone else commutes, as it may turn out I am taking one of the longer options.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:33 AM
 
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If only that were possible. I'm just looking to hear how everyone else commutes, as it may turn out I am taking one of the longer options.
I have ridden the MARC trains, and they are very slow. I suggest driving to the Burtonsville Park and Ride, and catch the express bus to the Silver Spring Metro stop. Try it for a few days and see whether it's any faster.

The Trip Planner show about an hour between the Z29 bus and the Red Line to Gallery Place. http://www.wmata.com/rider_tools/tri...ripplanner.cfm You have to add you driving time to Burtonsville.

When I lived in Columbia, there were express buses to DC which took between 1 hour an 1 hour, 20 minutes. They still exist as MTA buses.

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Old 05-31-2013, 01:28 PM
 
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I live in Columbia and used to work in Chinatown. I drove to Greenbelt and then took the metro the rest of the way, average trip was about an hour and 15 minutes, arriving in DC around 9 and leaving at 6. Silver Spring may be a slightly shorter trip, but parking is significantly cheaper at Greenbelt than Silver Spring and there tends to be fewer problems on the green line than the red.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:18 AM
 
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average trip was about an hour and 15 minutes, arriving in DC around 9 and leaving at 6.
Come again, explain?
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:32 PM
 
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Come again, explain?
I think he's saying he leaves home around 745 to get in by 9 and leaves at 6 to get home at 715. I think.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:54 AM
 
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Oops, I see how that could be confusing. Reiflame got it right though. I should have included am/pm to make it clearer. I was trying to indicate that I was travelling at rush times, since traffic may be better earlier/later.
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:04 AM
 
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I live in Columbia and used to work in Chinatown. I drove to Greenbelt and then took the metro the rest of the way, average trip was about an hour and 15 minutes, arriving in DC around 9 and leaving at 6. Silver Spring may be a slightly shorter trip, but parking is significantly cheaper at Greenbelt than Silver Spring and there tends to be fewer problems on the green line than the red.
I decided to give your method a try. I drove to greenbelt and actually got to work in about 50 minutes. Coming home however was during rush hour on 95 so it ended up taking me about 90-100 minutes to get home. Sitting in 95 was pretty rough especially since I only got home 10 minutes earlier.

I may try driving to silver spring as I can take 29 and not have to worry about sitting in traffic. Someone else mentioned taking the bus to silver spring, but I think I would prefer to drive there.
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:11 PM
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I drove to greenbelt and actually got to work in about 50 minutes.
That's pretty good.
Google map shows the 30 miles from The Mall in Columbia to Gallery Place at 42 min (by 295)

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I may try driving to silver spring as I can take 29...
Driving all the way there or to Greenbelt... it's almost worth driving the last 5 miles too.
(except for parking costs)
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