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Old 02-09-2009, 07:49 PM
 
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I've got a bit of a strange situation...I have potential work in a field that requires me to go to several spots in Northern VA, including Manassas, Warrenton, and Fredricksburg. Its a good job, but i wouldn't want to do it if i had to live in any of these places...is it possible to live in, say Clarendon, and do the reverse commute? Is traffic worse than google maps advertises (~ 1 hour drive)? Would strongly prefer to avoid living in the outer burbs, as a major part of the reason I'm considering this job is to live near DC. Thanks for the suggestions-
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:11 PM
 
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The thing here is this: we have a reverse commute issue here that is growing. One of the worst reverse commutes in the area involves I-66 both inside and outside the Beltway. 66 is consistently slow between 123/Chain Bridge Rd. and the Beltway (east and west) and then the worst is 66 East inside the Beltway from Route 7 (MM 66) to halfway to Ballston (MM 70). I mean the East 66 PM drive through Falls Church is bad news. So this unfortunately is not the best example of a reverse commute if you have to do one. Even if it were no traffic, 5 days a week at 30, 40, 50 miles each way is too much for me, but everyone is different.

Good luck to you.
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Old 02-11-2009, 04:12 PM
 
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I lived in Fairfax and commuted to Manassas, and it was a breeze. Is Fairfax too far out?

If you want to be near a Metro Station, try to find somewhere in Vienna. Your morning commute would be fast, and and so would your evening commute, until you got to Route 50/Fair Lakes, where it gets a little slow.
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:34 AM
 
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I live in ballston and commute to chantilly. The only traffic is to get on 66 (after that u fly). I drive around a lot for my job too (woodbridge, manassas, leesburg etc..) Takes about 30 mins to get to chantilly --its really not bad! Almost everyone in NOVA has a hellish commute. The ride home isnt bad either (except where the toll road and 66 merge)--but that only adds a few mins. You could live in Falls Church (still close enough for a reasonable cab ride to dc --and a little closer to your work) Hope this helps!
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:52 AM
 
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I agree with KayX. I did the reverse commute from Ballston to Chantilly for 2 years and there wasn't a problem in the mornings; I'd drive 55 to 65 mph on Hwy 66 almost the whole way and could make the trip in about 30 minutes.

Manassass, though, may be more of a head ache b/c Hwy 28 does seem to have a lot of traffic.
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:50 AM
 
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Manassass, though, may be more of a head ache b/c Hwy 28 does seem to have a lot of traffic.
That's only going north towards 66 in the mornings and coming from 66 in the evenings. If the OP is doing a reverse commute, traffic won't be an issue. Sudley Road is pretty much the same.
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