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Old 01-24-2012, 02:35 PM
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Hello folks,

I have been reading alot of posts about the VA-DC commute since yesterday but i had to register and ask this for myself!
I will be commuting from Fairfax to Northern DC 4x a week for 6 weeks and i need to know the best way to do so. I will be travelling during the rush hours..I have to be at work from 9 to 5. I am inclined more towards driving because I dont want to deal with finding a parking spot early in the morning and switching trains and buses..I have read bad reviews about 66 so I am thinking to go with US-50 E/ Arlington blvd...I-395 N...how bad is the traffic there? google map is showing 40 mins...is it safe to say 60 mins or is that wishful thinking? is taking the metro a better option.
please help.
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:18 PM
Location: Tysons Corner
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Route 50 through 7 corners between graham road and Arlington is hell on earth and I would suggest you not do that. Would you need to switch lines from Orange to Red, I really would encourage you to try the metro, me and my girlfriend use orange all the time to get into the city, if you drive to Vienna or West Falls Church its really quite easy to park.

1) Are you HOV/Hybrid? If not then you can not get to DC through route 66 (last exit before HOV only is 495) it is HOV only.
2) How far are you from the toll road in FFX?
3) Really depends exactly what part of NE yer talking about, if you are barely in NE then I would suggest either 495 to clara barton/river rd or 123 over the river

I can't speak to 395, but from what I hear it is just as bad as 66 and is probably more out of your way if you have to go through the entire city to get to NE.

Taking 50, there is no chance in hell you get there in 40 minutes, thats super wishful thinking, I cant imagine you could get from Fairfax to Arlington via route 50 in 40 minutes let alone NE DC.
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:34 AM
Location: among the clustered spires
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1. They aren't giving out HOV exemptions anymore even if you buy a hybrid. So 66 is right out.
2. From Fairfax (I assume you mean around Fairfax City), I'd avoid the 50 tie-up by taking 29 to Gallows to 123.

You may want to try Metro anyway, depending on how many transfers you have to make.
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