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Old 11-27-2012, 07:44 PM
 
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We are planning to buy a detached home in Centreville, VA.
After doing a research for a long time, spending a lot of time we thought that
Centreville is a good choice where we can get a less than 10 years old homes for less than $550k.
We both wife and husband work in DC. So we thought commute wise its a better choice than
Ashburn. I heard that Centreville has 2 Park & Ride lots.
I want to know how is the commute from these Park & rides to Vienna metro station.
We are considering drive to Park & ride lots, then from there planning to take mass commute.
My wife leaves at 7.30 am morning, I leave around 8.45 am.
I appreciate if anyone can guide me about time it will take to reach DC during peak hours.

Thanks in advance
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:58 PM
 
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I actually lived in Chantilly(which is near Centreville) a long time ago and for my first job commuted to DC via metro at Vienna metro station. It's so long ago I don't even remember how long it took me, but I want to say definitely over an hour door to door. Centreville to DC is not going to be a great commute. But, it probably is easier than Ashburn to DC.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:07 PM
 
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Ashburn to D.C. will ultimately be easier than it is now, because the Metro is being extended all the way to Ashburn, BUT there is no slated date for this phase of the extension to take place, so it could be years away. In the meantime, you'd have to drive to the Wiehle Avenue Metro Station in Reston which is supposed to open later next year.

Personally, I'd pick Centreville over Ashburn any day. It's in Fairfax County, it's closer to Fairfax, it has more character (still not much character) since it's near the battlefield, it's closer to Manassas which has Aldi, Centreville has a Trader Joe's and plenty of ethnic groceries, and Centreville is more established than Ashburn. Parts of Ashburn are just mile after mile of very nondescript suburbia. Centreville is a bit more manageable and a little less soul crushing, if you get what I mean. I also just like being near I-66 and closer to Fairfax.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:51 PM
 
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I don't have the exact commute as you but I do drive 66 to Nutley in the AM. I am usually on 66 from 28 just before 7am and it takes me about 20 minutes to get the Nutley street. Sometimes it's faster, sometimes slower. I have taken it around 7:30am and you can expect an extra 5 to 10 minutes or more at that time. I'm not sure about 8:45 as it may be better by then but you may get the rush of people that want to catch 66 after the HOV restrictions inside the beltway are lifted. I can tell you that while the buses run in the HOV lane, it is NOT any faster then the regular lanes. Sometimes, it may actually be slower. HOV advantage doesn't really help until inside the beltway.

From Nutley to Foggy Bottom is about another 30 minutes or so.

I'd budget a 90 minute total commute but since you have to wait for buses, it could be longer. If you want mass transit, I'd suggest you drive to Nutley and then metro but that garage does get full around 8:30 am ish....

I do agree it's a better commute than Ashburn. My co-worker does that commute and spends tons of money on the toll road....and tolls are rising.
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