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Old 06-14-2010, 10:37 AM
 
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Hi--I have seen a lot of older posts on the commute from Haymarket to DC, but I wanted to ask about the realities of the commute as of June 2010. I just bought a house in Haymarket and move-in this fall; my job is in DC.

I am more than likely going to take the VRE from Broad Run to L'Enfant, but am trying to figure out how long it will take me to get to the VRE Station if I left house before 7:00 a.m. (I assume I will take 15 to 55 to 619 to 28, but is it better to just get on I-66 at that time of a.m.??)

And also, how long to get home from the VRE Station if I arrive to the station around 6:30 p.m.?

I keep reading about how awful this commute will be, but it really doens't sound that bad to me.

Thanks.
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:40 AM
 
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Normally shouldn't take you more than a couple hours each way from front door to your desk, except during exceptional events like bad storms or accidents. Seems odd that you bought a house way out there before asking this question. Your carbon footprint's gonna be huge.
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Old 06-14-2010, 04:34 PM
 
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Normally shouldn't take you more than a couple hours each way from front door to your desk, except during exceptional events like bad storms or accidents. Seems odd that you bought a house way out there before asking this question. Your carbon footprint's gonna be huge.
Two hours sounds a bit long I would say more like an hour to an hour and 15 min or so. Of course it depends on what time of the day you leave.
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Old 06-14-2010, 06:22 PM
 
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Two hours sounds a bit long I would say more like an hour to an hour and 15 min or so. Of course it depends on what time of the day you leave.
No way. It would take that much time to commute to DC from Herndon. I've notice people around here really understate their commutes. Not sure why that is but you time it from when you leave your door in Haymarket and when you finally get to your desk in DC. I guarantee on most days it will be a good two hours, especially the drive home.
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Old 06-14-2010, 06:58 PM
 
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Two hours sounds a bit long I would say more like an hour to an hour and 15 min or so. Of course it depends on what time of the day you leave.
An hour and 15 minutes from Haymarket to DC by car/rail? Not in this lifetime. I guess if you drove the whole way and had a carpooler on 66 then maybe 1hr and 15 but that is pushing it big time.

According to VRE's website it takes 1 hr and 6 minutes (on the 7:20 train) to go from Broad Run Station in Bristow to L'Enfant Plaza. That isn't even factoring in travel time from Haymarket to Bristow or any Metro connections after that. I think CAV is spot on...1 hr and 45- 2 hrs most likely.

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Old 06-14-2010, 07:16 PM
 
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I've heard of people who commute to DC leaving H'Market at 4:30am to beat the rush, perhaps allowing them to go 66 before HOV hours start.
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Old 06-14-2010, 07:23 PM
 
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Out the door at 6 would give you about a 20% chance of making it to the Beltway interchange in less than 30 minutes, imho.
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Old 06-14-2010, 07:27 PM
 
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Out the door at 6 would give you about a 20% chance of making it to the Beltway interchange in less than 30 minutes, imho.
Then what?
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Old 06-14-2010, 08:51 PM
 
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I should've specified the "not in this lifetime" comment related to leaving Haymarket at 630 or 7 (OPs specified departure time). If you leave at 5 or 530 then sure not nearly as bad but still not exactly a quick drive.
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Old 06-15-2010, 01:05 PM
 
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I am not driving to work under any circumstance, I actually just wanted to know how long it's going to take to get to the train station (Broad Run)--in my original post I said, "I am more than likely going to take the VRE from Broad Run to L'Enfant, but am trying to figure out how long it will take me to get to the VRE Station if I left house before 7:00 a.m. (I assume I will take 15 to 55 to 619 to 28, but is it better to just get on I-66 at that time of a.m.??) "

I already have the VRE train schedule, so don't need to know how long the train ride is. Can anyone actually tell me just about the commute to the train station?
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