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Old 05-05-2011, 01:41 PM
 
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Hi,
I will be moving to Alexandria,VA in July from another state. My job will be in Suitland, MA. My new home will be near Van Dorn Metro station. What is the best way to get to my job?

I have been told its faster to just drive instead of taking the Metro. I know it also depends on time of day, so assuming I need to be at my job 8:00am to 5:00pm, please advise.

Thanks in advance!!!
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Old 05-05-2011, 01:59 PM
 
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Beltway east across the Wilson Bridge is really the only way from Alexandria. You definitely don't want to go into DC on 395. And yes, it would be a long Metro ride if you chose to Metro.

Maryland is "MD" not "MA", by the way.
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:22 PM
 
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Thanks for the info. Sorry, I meant MD.
Do you have any idea of how bad the traffic is on beltway east to Suitland, MD? I know its around 20 miles, so can I estimate an average 40 mins around rush hour?
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:36 PM
 
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I take this route for work sometimes. I'd go 495, exit at Branch Ave, and then turn to Silver Hill Road.

Since the Wilson Bridge expansion, traffic on this part of the beltway is generally pretty good. There may be some slow down from Van Dorn to the bridge, but nothing too bad.
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Old 05-05-2011, 05:07 PM
 
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I agree, the Wilson Bridge traffic moves much faster, since the humongous 2008 widening project.

Furthermore, the heaviest flow of traffic is in the opposite direction that you'll be traveling (commuters working in the many NoVA white-collar jobs, but living in So. MD for its cheaper housing). For what it's worth, however, you will have the Sun in your eyes, twice a day, the direction you're traveling.
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Old 05-06-2011, 08:21 AM
 
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Wilson Bridge will flow okay from VA into MD in the morning and MD into VA in the afternoon.

The Metro will be a long ride.

Is there any reason you hadn't looked at Bowie, College Park, etc.? I wouldn't live in Suitland, but there are some areas of Prince George's that are as safe as anywhere in Alexandria.
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:08 AM
 
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Yeah I would add, stay in the local lanes on 495, it seems like the traffic bottlenecks at the split (local and thru). Once you get to that point, take Branch Avenue and then take the St. Barnabas Road exit going West. Trust me it will knock about 2-3 minutes extra off your commute. St. Barnabas Road will take you straight to Silver Hill Road and you can take a right and that will take you to Suitland.
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Old 05-09-2011, 04:33 PM
 
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Wilson Bridge will flow okay from VA into MD in the morning and MD into VA in the afternoon.

The Metro will be a long ride.

Is there any reason you hadn't looked at Bowie, College Park, etc.? I wouldn't live in Suitland, but there are some areas of Prince George's that are as safe as anywhere in Alexandria.
I am aiming to keep my kids in Fairfax county school system, plus I also will need to commute occasionally to Fairfax.
Thanks for your response. It definitely helps.
A friend who lives there informed me that I can expect a commute of an upwards of 1 hr during rush hour. Is that true?
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Old 05-09-2011, 09:54 PM
 
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Yeah I would add, stay in the local lanes on 495, it seems like the traffic bottlenecks at the split (local and thru). Once you get to that point, take Branch Avenue and then take the St. Barnabas Road exit going West. Trust me it will knock about 2-3 minutes extra off your commute. St. Barnabas Road will take you straight to Silver Hill Road and you can take a right and that will take you to Suitland.
I'd recommend that on the way back to Alexandria, you take the thru lanes. Where the lanes merge on 495, the local lanes go down to one lane and that can get backed up. Also, if you are in the thru lanes you can take the Eisenhower Ave ramp (first exit after the bridge) as a back way to get to Van Dorn (I do this all the time).
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