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Old 07-05-2011, 06:19 AM
 
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Moving soon, and looking for info on the car commute between Old Town and George Mason's main Fairfax campus. Are there "local" roads I can take (other than Beltway)? What would commute time be like during rush hour?

Would it help if we moved to an area a bit south of the Beltway?

Thanks!
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:16 AM
 
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Hey, I do a partial commute from Belle Haven to GMU. I leave from work to goto GMU campus then GMU campus to home so I only get one portion of the "commute".

My trip home is easy but I'm often driving it around ~7:30 - 8 so it's after traffic times.
I'd say the beltway would be the easiest and fastest route to campus, but that depends on when you'd be commuting......

Will you be going as a full time student, after work, before work?
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:39 AM
 
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Moving soon, and looking for info on the car commute between Old Town and George Mason's main Fairfax campus. Are there "local" roads I can take (other than Beltway)? What would commute time be like during rush hour?

Would it help if we moved to an area a bit south of the Beltway?

Thanks!
I can't speak for the commute time, but you can take 236 (Duke St in Old Town) straight up into Fairfax City and then take a left to get to the main campus. This would be the most direct way coming from Old Town.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:51 AM
 
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Thanks, good info. Yes, it will be a rush hour commute every day...
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Moving soon, and looking for info on the car commute between Old Town and George Mason's main Fairfax campus. Are there "local" roads I can take (other than Beltway)? What would commute time be like during rush hour?

Would it help if we moved to an area a bit south of the Beltway?

Thanks!
Google Maps

Use that. It helps wonders
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:32 PM
 
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I think you'd be better off on the beltway instead of Duke St.
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Old 07-05-2011, 04:15 PM
 
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Duke street will take you straight to campus but it takes an easy 30 minutes because of lights.

I would not advise taking the beltway unless you're off by 730 because it is very jammed that direction in the morning.

Either way sucks.
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Old 07-06-2011, 02:49 PM
 
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If you live south of the beltway use Franconia rd / Old Keene Mill rd to Burke Centre Parkway to Ox rd to GMU area.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:58 AM
 
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If you live south of the beltway use Franconia rd / Old Keene Mill rd to Burke Centre Parkway to Ox rd to GMU area.
This is definitely the way you want to go. By exiting the Beltway at 644 you avoid the post-Robinson Terminal mess in the morning. Plus whichever road you exit on and continue westbound will be full of traffic lights.

Old Keene Mill Road has some traffic lights and a school zone or two. If you find it takes you longer you can always jump on 7900 to Fairfax County Parkway and exit at Braddock. It looks completely out of the way and undesirable on a Google Map, but it is the fastest, least congested westbound route in the morning.
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