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Old 01-12-2012, 05:43 PM
 
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Question Commuting from Fredericksburg, VA to Ft. Belvoir

Hello all,

I recently accepted a position in Ft. Belvoir but I will be commuting from Fredericksburg, VA. My schedule is from 9am till 530pm. I know 95 North/South can be a complete nightmare in the morning and evening smh. I would like to know if there is any alternate routes or back roads I could take to at least avoid some of the 95 congestion. I'd appreciate any info you all may share.

Thanks!
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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That would be a no - as I'm sure you know.
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Expatriate Philadelphian in Northern Virginia
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Your only other alternative is Route 1 which is primarily a local road laden with stoplights. If you can adjust your schedule or at least allow yourself an "extra" hour before and after work to chill out/catch up, the commute home may be less strenuous.
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Way out in Bristow
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Friend of mine living in Fred rides the Virginia Rail Express (VRE) to Lorton, then drives to Belvoir. He really enjoys his time on the train. Your hours would work well with the train schedule. He bought an old car for $800 and uses it to get from the station to the post. The car has never even been to his house.

Lorton station is about 15 mins from Ft Belvoir. 7:40 am departure out of Fred will put you at Lorton at 8:27 am. You can get to work easily before 9:30.
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:23 PM
 
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Do you want to just avoid congestion or get to work faster? Because it can't be both...

You shouldn't normally have too much of a problem with traffic prior to the Garrisonville/Aquia exit (you will if it's Monday or raining, though...) so you could take 95 up to Quantico.

Then you could go up Joplin Road at exit 150, turn right at Pace East School (Bristow Rd.), right onto 234, and left onto Minnieville. Go up Minnieville, all the way to Old Bridge Road and turn right. A mile or so down Old Bridge, turn right onto Gordon (Rt. 123) and it will put you back at 95 at exit 160, fairly close to where you want to be (if you're doing exit 166 up Rt. 1 to Ft. Belvoir).

But of course, with the lights and school buses and all, you may be better off sitting in traffic.
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:39 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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Lightbulb Getting a cheap auto for Lorton parking

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Friend of mine living in Fred rides the Virginia Rail Express (VRE) to Lorton, then drives to Belvoir. He really enjoys his time on the train. Your hours would work well with the train schedule. He bought an old car for $800 and uses it to get from the station to the post. The car has never even been to his house.

Lorton station is about 15 mins from Ft Belvoir. 7:40 am departure out of Fred will put you at Lorton at 8:27 am. You can get to work easily before 9:30.
Good suggestion and I was going to recommend the same. I'd say each train headed north has 30-40 people get off at Lorton. No idea how many have cheap cars in the lot.

On the timing route, hope he doesn't arrive at 9:30 if his 'work day' starts at 9 (original post).
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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Friend of mine living in Fred rides the Virginia Rail Express (VRE) to Lorton, then drives to Belvoir. He really enjoys his time on the train. Your hours would work well with the train schedule. He bought an old car for $800 and uses it to get from the station to the post. The car has never even been to his house.

Lorton station is about 15 mins from Ft Belvoir. 7:40 am departure out of Fred will put you at Lorton at 8:27 am. You can get to work easily before 9:30.
That's an awesome suggestion to avoid the 95 headache. I actually have to be at my desk at 9am. No way to adjust the schedule. Guess I just have to suck it up smh.

It may be far fetched but I was just hoping there would be an alternate. Thanks everybody for your input.
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:56 PM
 
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Do you want to just avoid congestion or get to work faster? Because it can't be both...

You shouldn't normally have too much of a problem with traffic prior to the Garrisonville/Aquia exit (you will if it's Monday or raining, though...) so you could take 95 up to Quantico.

Then you could go up Joplin Road at exit 150, turn right at Pace East School (Bristow Rd.), right onto 234, and left onto Minnieville. Go up Minnieville, all the way to Old Bridge Road and turn right. A mile or so down Old Bridge, turn right onto Gordon (Rt. 123) and it will put you back at 95 at exit 160, fairly close to where you want to be (if you're doing exit 166 up Rt. 1 to Ft. Belvoir).

But of course, with the lights and school buses and all, you may be better off sitting in traffic.
This is another great suggestion. At least it'll avoid Dale City, Dumfries and Woodbridge area. Thanks a bunch!
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:02 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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Lightbulb VRE options

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That's an awesome suggestion to avoid the 95 headache. I actually have to be at my desk at 9am. No way to adjust the schedule. Guess I just have to suck it up smh.

It may be far fetched but I was just hoping there would be an alternate. Thanks everybody for your input.
There is an alternative - you can depart earlier from Fred. There is a 7:15 train that gets in at 8am. You may qualify for the Fed. Transit benefits which have been lowered to $125 a month.

Link to the schedule: General Schedule Information - VRE
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Minnieville Rd. and Old Bridge will take you right through Dale City and Woodbridge.
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