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Old 07-05-2014, 10:48 AM
 
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Do you feel annoyed having to pay toll fees every time you head South East to Falls Church, DC, ....generally just to go to 495? And it is like $3.50.

Do you and can you avoid it by taking some back roads? If so, which ones?
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Old 07-05-2014, 12:10 PM
 
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Curious as to why only those in Reston may be annoyed? Why not those in Herndon, Sterling, Leesburg, Ashburn, or other points west?
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Old 07-05-2014, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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I consider the tolls as part of the cost of living in Reston. If you are thinking of moving to Reston, be sure to include the tolls in your budget.

I don't think any avoidance routes are worth it with the exception of taking Hwy 7 west of 28 when going to Leesburg.
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Old 07-05-2014, 11:44 PM
 
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Curious as to why only those in Reston may be annoyed? Why not those in Herndon, Sterling, Leesburg, Ashburn, or other points west?
Yea, I guess it also applies to Herndon and Ashburn. But, if you live in Leesburg, you can take the Highway 7.

If you live in South Reston, can you take 673 (Lawyer's Road) and then 122 (Maple Ave) to 495?
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Old 07-06-2014, 12:06 AM
 
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Yea, I guess it also applies to Herndon and Ashburn. But, if you live in Leesburg, you can take the Highway 7.

If you live in South Reston, can you take 673 (Lawyer's Road) and then 122 (Maple Ave) to 495?
I'm gonna go out on a limb and assume you've moved here recently, judging from "the Highway 7" and missing the infamous 123 by a digit.

Anyway, it's always a trade off of time vs. cost. Yes, you can do a variety of alternatives, but in almost every case it will take longer. Some longer than others. So it depends on what your time is worth.

Cutting down into Vienna and taking 123 all the way up to 495*? Shoot me.

If you live in North Reston, you can perhaps take Baron Cameron over to Route 7, and then if you're heading toward Maryland, take 7 down to Lewinsville and either cut up to Georgetown Pike or swing around to 123 and onto 495-N from there. If you don't mind all of a sudden going 5-10 mins out of the way when your end is in sight.


* if you plan to get on 495 South and you live in South Reston - then if you're going to bother to take Lawyers all the way across and into Vienna (which does take awhile), you're better off cutting down Nutley across 123 and onto I-66 (Eastbound) and taking that to 495-S. This assumes 66 is moving, which might be a terrible assumption.
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:14 AM
 
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Lawyers Rd to 123 to 495? That would be a LONG, congested, light-filled commute! I certainly wouldn't want to do it.

You don't have to take the Toll Rd. to get to 495, though it certainly would be easier. Some people take 286 ("the Parkway") to 50, to 66, to 495 (or to 66 to 495), which is also a sucky commute, but doesn't involve tolls.


In this area, traffic is horrendous almost all the time, but especially between 6:00 and 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM, and 2:30 and 7:30 PM. Driving in this area is pricey-- there are tolls, parking fees, and lots of gas burned while sitting in traffic. So, you spend a lot of money driving no matter which way you go.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I lived in North Reston and couldn't afford to take the Toll Road daily to my office in the Tysons Corner neighborhood of McLean, so I ended up taking Route 7 daily, leaving the house at 5:40 AM most of the time to beat the AM rush, which meant I would wake up by 5 AM at the latest. It was a miserable commute, especially in the winter when I'd be sitting in a dark office building for a few hours until other people started showing up.
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:02 AM
 
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If you live in South Reston, can you take 673 (Lawyer's Road) and then 122 (Maple Ave) to 495?
Have you tried this? It sucks. 123 in Vienna gets really backed up during rush hour. You'll end up just paying the toll to maintain your sanity. I live in Vienna and avoid 123 whenever I can, even non peak times.
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Annandale, VA
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Do you feel annoyed having to pay toll fees every time you head South East to Falls Church, DC, ....generally just to go to 495? And it is like $3.50.

Do you and can you avoid it by taking some back roads? If so, which ones?

You mean the pre-existing infrastructure that was constructed for the traffic in and out of Reston before the Toll Road was even invented? The Toll Road is a luxury.
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Great Falls, VA
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I lived in Reston for a while and worked in Tysons Corner. Like others, I also commuted on Route 7 to avoid having to pay tolls. I never found it to be too bad, it was usually a 40-45 minute commute except when there was an accident or a lane closure...in which case it could take me up to 90 minutes to get to work. My wife still does this commute (though we now live in Sterling) and she also prefers not paying the toll everyday and using Route 7.

Nowadays I work in Ashburn and I don't go to Tysons / Falls Church / DC too often, so I don't mind taking the toll road when I do.
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