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Old 07-19-2010, 11:15 AM
 
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Need advice ASAP!! We are living in Haymarket now. My husband works at the Pentagon. We were offered new housing on post at Fort Belvoir. The house is smaller but new and very doable. Is the commute time from Ft Belvoir to the Pentagon enough of a difference to move or should we stay where we are??? So confused!! The commute right now from Haymarket to the Pentagon, door to door is about 1 1/2 hours. Pretty stress free, easy commute taking the omnibus from Manassas and free parking. Any advice from the pros???

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Old 07-19-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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You could cut the commute time about in half from Fort Belvoir.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:24 AM
 
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I am not familiar with Haymarket but the metro trip to the Pentagon from the Franconia Springfield metro is about 20 minutes. Belvoir is a huge post with a nmber of gates so your trip to the metro station may vary considerable depending where on pst you are. I think there are some commuter buses to the Pentagon from that area also.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:25 AM
 
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Yah, huge difference in commute time. Plus you're closer to a metro than you are haymarket, so he has that option as well.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:35 AM
 
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I am not familiar with Haymarket but the metro trip to the Pentagon from the Franconia Springfield metro is about 20 minutes. Belvoir is a huge post with a nmber of gates so your trip to the metro station may vary considerable depending where on pst you are. I think there are some commuter buses to the Pentagon from that area also.
RE: Commuter buses. the REX (Richmond Highway Express) bus has a few pickup points on base and has limited stops up to the Huntington Metro station. From there, travel two quick stops to King Street Station where you can transfer to the Blue Line for the rest of the trip to the Pentagon.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:44 AM
 
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RE: Commuter buses. the REX (Richmond Highway Express) bus has a few pickup points on base and has limited stops up to the Huntington Metro station. From there, travel two quick stops to King Street Station where you can transfer to the Blue Line for the rest of the trip to the Pentagon.
It's not a bad drive so you might want to just do that and save quite a bit of time while giving yourself more flexibility. Though perhaps parking at the Pentagon could be a time issue (I've no experience).
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:14 PM
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If he can get a parking pass at the Pentagon then I would definitely make the move. The drive up GW Pkwy is easy. My husband parks at the Pentagon and it takes him 10 min to walk from his car to his desk.
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:07 PM
 
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Big difference! Do it!
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:10 AM
 
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Update! We did in fact make the move to Ft Belvoir housing in August. We have been happy with the house and the neighborhood and the elementary school. The commute time was cut down by about 20 minutes. BUT....the middle school and high school situation is something I can't seem to get past. SO....we are moving back to the Haymarket area because of the schools. With it only being about a 20 minute difference in my husband's commute, we feel the schools for the kids are much more important.
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:01 AM
 
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Maybe consider W. Springfield in the future if you are off base and working at the Pentagon. What were the biggest problems with the schools?
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