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Old 06-09-2010, 10:07 PM
 
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Hi There...

I'm moving to Reston and working in Rockville, MD. When I was thinking about moving to northern virginia I wanted to live in Fair Lakes but everyone told me I-66 was so horrible and I needed to live off the Toll Road...so I found a place in Reston..now after reading these posts...i'm getting so nervous about the commute.

I currently live in Howard County maryland so it takes me an hour to get to Rockville now so i'm use to traffic and commuting...but can anyone tell me what to expect from Reston to Rockville..leaving at like 7:45am.

Thanks in advance!!
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:57 AM
 
Location: DMV/Bos/NYC?
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It's not that bad, surprisingly; the worst part is getting to and through Tysons Corner. After that, it's smooth sailing for the most part. Your evening commute is going to be slightly worse, especially if you're still on the Beltway after 4pm. But 267 (the toll road) moves at a decent pace in the afternoon, much more so than 66.
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:23 AM
 
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my husband did this commute for a couple years. It was not so bad, but you might want to be willing to adjust your work hours. He would leave early (@6:30 am) so that he could come home before the worst of rush hour in the evening (@3:30 pm). But he did not go crazy from the commute.
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:17 AM
 
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Thanks...yea someone told me the toll road was better but when i started looking on this site...people were saying the traffic was so horrible. I was hoping the commute would be like an hour, the same as now. But I understand if there are accidents and such it will be more

Is it typically stop and go around 8am on 267?
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Old 06-10-2010, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Thanks...yea someone told me the toll road was better but when i started looking on this site...people were saying the traffic was so horrible. I was hoping the commute would be like an hour, the same as now. But I understand if there are accidents and such it will be more

Is it typically stop and go around 8am on 267?
yes, it will be stop and go at that time...which is why leaving earlier is a better option.
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Old 07-30-2011, 06:45 PM
 
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Just moved to reston and work in rockville. commute is about 40 minutes leaving between 7-7:30 a.m. worse in the afternoon - but not too bad overall. love Reston!
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:28 PM
 
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Hi all,

Sorry to bump this but just wanted to know if people still felt this commute was reasonable. I work just west of the Gainesville area and my wife is going to work in Rockville.

She has some flexibility with hours, but we thought Reston was a reasonable fit.

Any advice is much appreciated!
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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It's relatively reasonable for the DC area anyway. I commuted Vienna to Rockville for years. One of my former neighbors works there, too. And one of my former co-workers from Reston still works there. Where in Rockville? It's much easier if it's off 270 than if it's somewhere in the middle of the Pike not near an exit.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:26 PM
 
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Thanks for the response. About 5 minutes off 270 - just off Frederick Rd.

Would you say Vienna is easier than Reston? It's also a viable option for us.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Hi all,

Sorry to bump this but just wanted to know if people still felt this commute was reasonable. I work just west of the Gainesville area and my wife is going to work in Rockville.
All depends on what time you leave and whether there are accidents. Morning is always shorter. Increase the travel time in the evening.

I commute from Fairfax to Rockville daily and leave at around 8:30 and return at around 5:30. Yesterday morning (Friday) I made it in 28 minutes, which happens often when there are no incidents and traffic is lighter. Typically, the morning commute is 40 minutes, however, including the backups in I-66 ahead of the beltway, and on the beltway getting through Tysons.

Evening commute is always at least an hour. With crashes/breakdowns it could be much more.
Since we set the clocks back last week, there has been a crash every... single.... day on the evening commute and it took me 90 minutes to 2 hrs to get home. Perhaps some people don't know how to drive in the dark. Or perhaps the astrologers will blame it on a retrograde Mercury. Whatever the case, it was not fun.
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