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Old 02-18-2013, 04:08 PM
 
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You're going to want to take the bus some days and your car others. And yes, you have to pay to take the bus and the metro. Might also want to inquire about working from home one day a week if your work allows it.

As for parking, the only free spots you will find will be in residential areas that are so far away from your work I can't even believe you'd consider it. Unless you really like walking. A lot.

Moving here is a little shocking because you'll quickly find the things that you're used to not paying for all have a fee associated with them. All in all though, I've had a pleasant time my three and half years here.

Welcome to the area.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:15 PM
 
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You might ask if the garage at your building offers a discounted monthly rate for employees.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:27 PM
 
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If you are a federal employee I think they're subsidizing mass transit costs. So you could get them to pay for some of a bus commute.

Regarding parking, plan on paying the daily rate for a few days until you have time to ask your new coworkers what the best parking scenario is. My DH parks in a garage two blocks from the office- the monthly rate is $105 vs. the $160 charged in his building.

Where in Arlington?
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:38 PM
 
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I wonder if Metrobus 5A would be a good option. Doesn't it stop in Herndon and then direct to Rosslyn?
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:08 PM
 
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It is completely irrational to avoid public transportation for fear of crime. Robbery rates are extremely extremely low on buses and the Metro. Driving yourself is actually much less safe than riding public transportation. Statistically you are much more likely to get into a car accident than you are to be the victim of some young punk.

If the bus is more convenient and/or cheaper then take that.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:56 PM
 
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Personally, I wouldn't have moved to Herndon if I was working in Arlington, but that's me.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:02 PM
 
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Since tomorrow is your first day and we are supposed to get crappy weather in the am, I would leave extra early, that way you have time to find the parking lot etc.

And as others have posted $8 a day is cheap for arlington.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:04 PM
 
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My wife commuted to Rosslyn from Herndon for a year. She took the toll road to 495 North, and then down the GW Parkway to Rosslyn. It took her about 45 minutes leaving at 7 AM. The later you leave, the longer it takes. Her company provided free parking under her building on Wilson Boulevard.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:02 PM
 
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Might sound crazy but be aware that it's possible to get from Herndon to Rosslyn by bicycle via the Washington and Old Dominion bike path. I know that's not for everyone but I know cyclists who take advantage of that path to come into Arlington and Alexandria from Herndon and Sterling. They love it. Good exercise, free parking, and not much slower than car or bus during rush hour.

-Scott
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:01 PM
 
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I drive Herndon to Arlington frequently, though at off hours. You might want to reconsider your GPS's keeping you off the toll roads. By far, the easiest route is the Dulles Toll Road, though this is another (increasingly significant) expense you need to consider. I drive 267 to 66, which you won't be able to do as a solo driver, as 66 will be HOV-only at your time of day, so Mikemapva's routing looks good for you.
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