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Old 03-03-2009, 03:05 PM
 
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We're thinking about moving to Columbia MD. My husbamd works in downtown DC. Can anyone tell me about the commute? How far is the nearest MARC train station? Does the parking lot fill up? How long is the drive?

Thanks!
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Old 03-03-2009, 03:57 PM
 
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We're thinking about moving to Columbia MD. My husbamd works in downtown DC. Can anyone tell me about the commute? How far is the nearest MARC train station? Does the parking lot fill up? How long is the drive?

Thanks!
You would want to take the Camden line that runs from Baltimore to Union Station and the closest stations to you would be Jessup, Savage and possibly Laurel and Laurel Racetrack. As with most commuter lots, they fill up quickly and the earlier you get there, the better chance of you getting a spot. The parking at these mentioned lots are free.

The drive, I'm assuming you are asking to DC from Columbia would be about 40-50 minutes, depending on traffic. The drive from Columbia to the above stations would be anywhere between 15-20 minutes give or take, again dependent on traffic.

Another alternative but probably not as time efficient or practical would be to drive to the Silver Spring Metro station via Rt 29 and take the red line directly into union station. This will take a bit longer as this is a heavily traveled route Southbound, especially during rush hour. A daily fee is charged to park at stations that are part of the DC Metro System. There is also a MARC (Brunswick line) there that stops at Silver Spring and would be a straight shoot into DC sans the stops on the red line. There are also the Greenbelt and College Park stations (green lines), but they are also a bit out of the way.

However, given the fact that MARC does not operate on holidays, your best bet would be to drive to either the Greenbelt, College Park or Silver Spring Metro stations if he has to work on a holiday. At least he would not be out of a way into town and there are options.

Here is a link and hopefully others will provide additional feedback.

http://www.mtamaryland.com/index.cfm (broken link)

Hope this helped.

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Old 03-08-2009, 04:06 PM
 
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I commute from Columbia to DC. The drive normally takes me a little over an hour from driveway to office with traffic. As for public transportation, the most convenient, I think, is the commuter bus that goes directly from Columbia to DC. The park and rides never fill up, and there are some stops in residential neighborhoods. Check out mtamaryland.com for all commuter options.
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Old 03-09-2009, 12:12 PM
 
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There are also Commuter Bus lines (915/929/995) that connect Columbia to Downtown DC.
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