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Old 01-23-2017, 08:18 PM
 
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Hi all,

Currently renting in Ashburn and thinking of taking a job in DC (Georgetown area). I don't think that moving any closer in than Herndon or Reston will be possible due to cost (family of 4, single income) and have heard that the metro commute can take ~1.25 hours. The job would offer parking so I'm wondering what it would be like to drive. I know that driving alone would take a while but anyone know how having a carpool and being able to travel in HOV on 267 and 66 would be from the Herndon/Reston area?
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Old 01-23-2017, 08:44 PM
 
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I did the commute from Reston to DC with carpool riders for many years. It will be much faster than Metro! If you are driving without a rider and aiming to be in DC around 8:00 or 8:30, it will take you about the same amount of time to drive as it would to take METRO. Having a rider really makes a big difference. Finding a reliable rider is the key. Over about 10 years, I had about 5 regular riders. I found all my regular riders by cruising the local bus stops just before the bus was due to arrive and holding up a sign indicating where I was heading. If I was looking for a new regular rider I would then ask if they were interested and get their contact information. I also kept a list of back up riders for when my regular rider was unavailable. I never had a "carpool" where people shared driving or expenses. My arrangements were always slug type where I paid all the costs in exchange for a body that would get me in the HOV lanes.
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Old 01-28-2017, 01:07 PM
 
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If you can go in early or later, it makes a huge difference. I've done City of Manassas to Kalorama in 45 minutes, leaving at 9:30. At 8, it would be 90 minutes and worse. Key Bridge, Taft Bridge, way up Mass Ave.. I think the time would help quite a bit more than the carpool...and free parking in Georgetown? Nice!
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Old 01-28-2017, 01:16 PM
 
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If you can go in early or later, it makes a huge difference. I've done City of Manassas to Kalorama in 45 minutes, leaving at 9:30. At 8, it would be 90 minutes and worse. Key Bridge, Taft Bridge, way up Mass Ave.. I think the time would help quite a bit more than the carpool...and free parking in Georgetown? Nice!
Hmm ok. I'd probably want to go earlier rather than later. Any idea how early in the morning I would have to go to get that kind of benefit? Looks like HOV kicks in at 6:30 on 66...
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Old 01-28-2017, 02:13 PM
 
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If you could work 7 to 3. Or even 6 45 to 2:45...would be ideal. Or even 10 to 6....might be the best.
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Old 01-28-2017, 02:16 PM
 
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If you could work 7 to 3. Or even 6 45 to 2:45...would be ideal. Or even 10 to 6....might be the best.
In that case would it be better to take 267 to GW Parkway or 267 to 66?
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Old 01-28-2017, 05:16 PM
 
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GW Parkway, or Clara Barton to Canal road if you can't use 66's HOV lanes.
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Old 01-28-2017, 05:19 PM
 
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GW Parkway, or Clara Barton to Canal road if you can't use 66's HOV lanes.
Best bet is to take 66 before the HOV restrictions start, with GW Parkway as a back-up.
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Old 01-28-2017, 05:21 PM
 
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If you could work 7 to 3. Or even 6 45 to 2:45...would be ideal. Or even 10 to 6....might be the best.
If you are in a professional, non-governmental job, it usually is VERY difficult to actually get out of the office by 2:45 or 3. While employers tout a lot of flexibility, meetings are still routinely scheduled up until 5 pm.
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Old 01-28-2017, 06:16 PM
 
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If you are in a professional, non-governmental job, it usually is VERY difficult to actually get out of the office by 2:45 or 3. While employers tout a lot of flexibility, meetings are still routinely scheduled up until 5 pm.
While there have definitely been times when a meeting requiring my presence has been scheduled between 3 and 5 without the organizer being aware that I try to work around rush hour, I would say that in general my field is pretty good about this sort of thing. I'm pretty sure being in the office ~7 to ~3 would be fine and I can do an extra hour at home if necessary.

With that said, it sounds like leaving around 6 from the Dulles area and coming back at 3 would make things bearable?
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