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Old 08-04-2010, 10:03 AM
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I will be starting a job shortly at the Pentagon and will be living (most likely) in Lorton and am trying to figure out what my daily commute will look like.

When house-hunting, I noticed a VRE station in Lorton which I think could connect me to the Metro at perhaps Franconia/Springfield. I was hoping to hear from anyone who routinely does this trip how reliable the VRE is, how long the whole trip takes, etc. It is my understanding that the Pentagon somehow subsidizes Metro farecards (but perhaps not VRE?), so, I was hoping to maximize my time on the Metro if that's the case.

And I was also wondering what a realistic, with traffic, commute time would be if driving -- assuming one leaves Lorton around 7 and the Pentagon around 5/5.30? I'm from Philadelphia, so, no stranger to traffic, but from what I've experienced, DC traffic is a different beast entirely.

Thanks in advance to anyone that has any suggestions / advice to offer.
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Old 08-04-2010, 10:34 AM
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Ah yes the good ole VRE! I rode the VRE and metro for a summer to around the same area as the Pentagon. If you have a govt job then they will give you metro benefits that you can use to buy both VRE and metro passes which is helpful.

As far as reliability, I would have to say that I experienced longer delays with the VRE but more frequent delays with the metro. It is a lot more comfortable to ride the VRE due to some newer cars.

Not sure about the commute time from Lorton but its sounds far.

Let me know if there is anything else and congrats on the big move!
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:47 PM
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I'm from the Philadelphia area, too. And yes, traffic here is worse. But if you are using public transportation, it's not bad.
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Old 08-05-2010, 02:54 AM
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You can take VRE to Crystal City, where, if you have a bus pass, there are DoD shuttles to the Pentagon and surrounding areas. It's much easier than driving, unless you have a carpool, since that's a much easier proposition on I-95/395.
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Old 08-05-2010, 05:09 AM
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You can also look into using the slug lines, a very informal carpool arrangement that takes advantage of the HOV lanes.
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