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Old 08-23-2015, 10:18 AM
 
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Hey all,

I just got a job in Fairfax and found a nice place in Arlington I'd like to move into, near Alexandria and right off of 395. Google maps takes me 395 to 495 to get to work, but I'm skeptical. I know the beltway is pretty rough, but would it be any better since I'd be heading against the majority of traffic going towards DC, or is there no such thing as a reverse commute on the beltway? Any shortcuts or advice? Just would like an idea of what I'm getting myself into.

Thank you!
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:36 AM
 
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Depends on where exactly on Fairfax. Fairfax addresses cover a significant area.
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Old 08-23-2015, 12:09 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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I used to drive from Arlington to Ft. Belvoir on 395S (among other routes), and it was a reverse commute. As to the Beltway, that could be as well, depending on direction and time of day. If you'd be heading west on the Beltway from 395S (away from DC), I think the traffic would be tolerable, especially early.
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Old 08-23-2015, 02:33 PM
 
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Where in Fairfax? Fairfax City or Fairfax County? The county is huge and it depends on where you are, the 95 corridor or 66 corridor?
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Hey all,

I just got a job in Fairfax and found a nice place in Arlington I'd like to move into, near Alexandria and right off of 395. Google maps takes me 395 to 495 to get to work, but I'm skeptical. I know the beltway is pretty rough, but would it be any better since I'd be heading against the majority of traffic going towards DC, or is there no such thing as a reverse commute on the beltway? Any shortcuts or advice? Just would like an idea of what I'm getting myself into.

Thank you!
I'm assuming you mean Fairfax City. There are roads that you can use to get from the 395 area over to Rt. 50 or I-66. We need you to be more specific to help figure out which roads would help.
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Old 08-24-2015, 07:46 AM
 
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Sorry, still getting familiar with the area. It's about a mile from the Vienna metro station in the direction of Rt. 50, near the Fairlee neighborhood, if that helps.
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Old 08-24-2015, 08:54 AM
 
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So that's sort of Shirlington to sort of Metro West/Fairfax Circle. It's doable of course, and it's in general a reverse commute, but it will take some experimentation to come up with a route that works. 244 to 236 to Pickett Road might be a start.
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Old 08-24-2015, 08:59 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA from Arlington, VA
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There is a ton of traffic on 495N between Springfield and Gallows Road in the mornings. Taking Little River Turnpike from Alexandria to Fairfax might be a better alternative. It will have a lot less traffic at least.
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Old 08-24-2015, 10:04 AM
 
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From Shirlington to Fairfax, I would take Glebe Road to Route 50 West and avoid The Beltway entirely. That commute has lights, but westbound traffic is not as difficult as traffic to the east. 236 goes by Nova, which can have slow traffic, depending upon the morning, as the left turn lanes can back up.
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Old 08-24-2015, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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From Shirlington to Fairfax, I would take Glebe Road to Route 50 West and avoid The Beltway entirely. That commute has lights, but westbound traffic is not as difficult as traffic to the east. 236 goes by Nova, which can have slow traffic, depending upon the morning, as the left turn lanes can back up.
We are all assuming Shirlington as they have not told us from where they are coming from, but if it was me, I would use Four Mile Run to George Mason to 50 West.
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