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Old 10-26-2010, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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My in laws are visiting for the holidays, and are departing BWI at 9:30 am on Dec. 23rd. We live in SW Fairfax (off Ox and Burke centre). When there is NO traffic it takes about an hour to get to BWI. I'm thinking in order to get them to the airport at 8am, it will be a nightmare getting them to BWI from my house on the thursday before xmas. Right? Are the any trains they can take? Or is that a bad idea? Should we just plan on leaving the house at 5am?
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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There are MARC trains that run, but you'd catch them at Union Station, which is a trek in and of itself. If I were driving that far, I think I'd just go to BWI. The catch being if you work downtown anyway, in which case you're already there, or if you don't mind putting them on the metro to union station by themselves.

MARC Train | BWI Airport

http://mta.maryland.gov/services/marc/serviceInformation/Penn_Aug2010.pdf (broken link)

Looks like there's a 7:12 train from Union Station that would get them to where they could catch a BWI shuttle around 7:45.

There's also an Amtrak stop there, but I would imagine the cost would be a turn off for such a short trip. I didn't look into it any further than seeing it on BWI's website.
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:18 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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There's a bus that goes there from the Greenbelt Metro station! That's some hardcore driving avoidance, though.

Bus Services | BWI Airport
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Interesting - thanks! DH works at 495 & 66 here in Fairfax, so not in the city. By the time he drives them to BWI, and turns around to get back to work, he's probably looking at a 5 hr trip, I'm guessing? They will have a 1 year old with them, so taking the metro probably isn't a good idea. They've always lived in big cities, you'd think they'd have a better idea when not to pick flights
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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It might be worth it to call super shuttle or a flat rate sedan car and see what they quote you for rates. The time saved might be worth the money for a taxi. (Not a regular taxi though, since in traffic that could get $$$)

Edit: A quick super shuttle check says your in-laws could have a private car for $120, or a shared van for $75 to BWI. For 5 hours of saved time...that might be worth it in my book.
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:37 PM
 
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December 23rd happens to be the last workday prior to the Federal holiday. I think traffic going into DC will be lighter than usual in the morning, rather than worse than usual (the afternoon will be a different story). Remember, schools are out, lots of workers are just taking the day off the day, etc.

I would probably plan on leaving at 5:00 AM which will get you there about 6:15. Have your hubby drop them and get on his way back into work. They can have breakfast, read the paper, walk around.

Otherwise, I think the shuttle service is your best bet.

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Old 10-26-2010, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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The VRE goes from Burke Center to Union Station that time of day and they can connect there to MARC or Amtrak to BWI. That's what I'd probably do. Here are the schedules:

General Schedule Information - VRE

Amtrak

Penn_Line_Index. (http://mta.maryland.gov/services/marc/schedulesSystemMaps/penn.cfm - broken link)
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Thanks - I'm really bad at reading those schedules. If we dropped them at the Burke VRE (they could almost walk there from my house, but I'm not quite that mean), how long a ride are they looking at to get to Union Station? And then on to BWI on the MARC? Would they still have to leave at 5am? Or would it be more like 7? I think they'd like to be to the airport no later than 8:15.
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Thanks - I'm really bad at reading those schedules. If we dropped them at the Burke VRE (they could almost walk there from my house, but I'm not quite that mean), how long a ride are they looking at to get to Union Station? And then on to BWI on the MARC? Would they still have to leave at 5am? Or would it be more like 7? I think they'd like to be to the airport no later than 8:15.
If you work backwards, they could take the 406 MARC train from union station at 7:20, which would drop them at the shuttle at 7:52. (They'd still have to shuttle to the airport terminal).

To get to Union Station in time, they'd need to catch the 324 VRE train in Burke at 6:08, which would drop them off at 7:00.

That's assuming that they can navigate union station and purchase tickets in 20 minutes, and that the VRE is on time.
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:36 AM
 
Location: northern Virginia
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If you work backwards, they could take the 406 MARC train from union station at 7:20, which would drop them at the shuttle at 7:52. (They'd still have to shuttle to the airport terminal).

To get to Union Station in time, they'd need to catch the 324 VRE train in Burke at 6:08, which would drop them off at 7:00.

That's assuming that they can navigate union station and purchase tickets in 20 minutes, and that the VRE is on time.
All this while toting a one year old! They are troopers!
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