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Old 02-15-2011, 01:29 PM
 
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Hello - My husband is getting stationed at Ft. McNair (south DC near Nationals Stadium) this summer and we've started looking for house rentals in the area. As his family is from Fairfax County, we're somewhat familiar with the area, but I'm wondering where we would need to live to have a reverse commute, if one exists in the area. We're willing to live in DC, NoVa or MD. Thanks in advance
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:30 PM
 
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There's certainly no reverse commute if you're working in DC. AM rush hour will be inbound to DC from all sides, and PM rush hour will be outbound to all sides.
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:48 PM
 
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Hello - My husband is getting stationed at Ft. McNair (south DC near Nationals Stadium) this summer and we've started looking for house rentals in the area. As his family is from Fairfax County, we're somewhat familiar with the area, but I'm wondering where we would need to live to have a reverse commute, if one exists in the area. We're willing to live in DC, NoVa or MD. Thanks in advance
Currently, there is no reverse commute. That will however change in the future. There will be a reverse commute in two places by 2020. One being to Tyson's Corner as development takes off to turn that into a walkable transit oriented downtown that is expected to eventually surpass downtown Houston and downtown Seattle. The other is Gaithersburg and the "Science city" being built there which will also be a transit oriented downtown.
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Old 02-15-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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there are already folks who reverse commute to Tysons - heck I knew someone who did that back in 1997.

FT Leslie McNair is in center city dc though. I suppose someone living right downtown would consider it a reverse commute, but given the geography thats not really right - its not like there is a normal commute from south of the FLM into downtown that passes FLM.
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Old 02-15-2011, 02:57 PM
 
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No reverse commute for you!

The only reverse commute is going away from any of the hotbeds of industry. For instance, I live in Woodbridge, so if I could get a job in Quantico (south), it would be a reverse commute. If I got a job in Fairfax, it might be a better commute than my current DC commute; however, it still is not reverse. I'm afraid if you get a job in DC, you're stuck with the masses.
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Old 02-15-2011, 03:58 PM
 
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Do they do a shuttle to Metro from the base?

Can he look into a vanpool or a carpool or a slug-line so he can use the HOV.

I once had a partial reverse commute from Woodbridge by taking the HOV lanes with slugs to the Pentagon then
the GW Parkway outbound in the am
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Chantilly, VA
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I have a reverse commute. I drive from Chantilly to Leesburg in the morning (past the opposing lane of traffic that has been converted to a parking lot) and Leesburg to Chantilly in the afternoon. Not really helpful to your situation, but I thought I'd at least prove the existence of a reverse commute!
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Hello - My husband is getting stationed at Ft. McNair (south DC near Nationals Stadium) this summer and we've started looking for house rentals in the area. As his family is from Fairfax County, we're somewhat familiar with the area, but I'm wondering where we would need to live to have a reverse commute, if one exists in the area. We're willing to live in DC, NoVa or MD. Thanks in advance
If you don't have any kids who need public schools and you have enough BAH live in DC (make sure you find a safe neighborhood) to make commuting easier. There is no real reverse commute for that part of DC.
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:08 PM
 
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My daughter lives in Fairfax County and works in Prince William County. So she cruises past the traffic going in the opposite direction. Not that it helps the OP, but yes, reverse commutes do exist.
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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My husband used to drive Reston to Rockville in the morning, which was a fairly easy commute - most traffic flows MD to VA. He currently drives Reston to Ashburn - traffic generally goes East on the Toll Road.

I drive Reston to Lorton - most traffic is going North on FFX County Pkwy in the morning.
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