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Old 04-03-2015, 08:54 AM
 
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I have been offered a job in Sterling and I live in Alexandria.

I start work at 8:30 and finish at 4:30.

I live in Kingstowne and the job is near the Costco in Sterling. How long of a commute can I expect. Mapquest says 38 minutes but I know it will be more with traffic. Will I be going against traffic?
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Falls Church, VA
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I have been offered a job in Sterling and I live in Alexandria.

I start work at 8:30 and finish at 4:30.

I live in Kingstowne and the job is near the Costco in Sterling. How long of a commute can I expect. Mapquest says 38 minutes but I know it will be more with traffic. Will I be going against traffic?
You will be going with traffic along 495. Probably somewhat against if you take 7, but others will know more. You could buy a little more certainty into the morning commute by jumping on the toll lanes on 495.
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:04 AM
 
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I have been offered a job in Sterling and I live in Alexandria.

I start work at 8:30 and finish at 4:30.

I live in Kingstowne and the job is near the Costco in Sterling. How long of a commute can I expect. Mapquest says 38 minutes but I know it will be more with traffic. Will I be going against traffic?

If the pay bump is substantial and it's a good career opportunity, then sure.

I assume moving closer is not an option for you?
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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You will have the opposite commute that I do, and I can tell you by looking over at the opposite 495 lanes as I go to and from work you will have some painful driving on the beltway. The HOT lanes would make life much better for you if you chose to use them. I would guess your commute at closer to just over an hour on most days (if you don't use the HOT lanes) which is still doable for DC standards. My morning commute is generally 50 minutes and evening is usually the same if I stay after work to work out. Otherwise, I am looking at an hour if I leave for home at 5:30 pm.
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Old 04-03-2015, 12:14 PM
 
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My other job option is falls church. Pay is the same, but I would prefer the Sterling job much more. Just bought place in Alexandria so moving closer is not an option
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Old 04-03-2015, 01:00 PM
 
Location: West Springfield, VA
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From Kingstowne, another viable commuting option is picking up the Fairfax County Parkway and taking it to Route 7. The parkway can get congested around Reston during rush hour, and the overall route is a few miles longer than the Beltway, but you'd avoid the gridlock that can routinely plague the Beltway and the roads around Tysons.

Either way, I'd budget about an hour each way during a typical workday.
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Old 04-03-2015, 01:17 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA from Arlington, VA
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If the pay is the same, then no. You're looking at an easy hour on the Fairfax Parkway or 495 with traffic on both routes.
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Old 04-03-2015, 01:58 PM
 
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I have friends that do that commute. They take the Parkway, slightly more consistant. Give it an hour, more if raining, snowy, sun is shining, etc.
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:46 PM
 
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dang, okay. Thanks for the feedback. If I could keep it under an hour I would do it, but over an hour and I am skeptical
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