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Old 05-04-2009, 07:43 AM
 
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Looking to relocate to Bristow Area. Working in DC. Was wondering what is the best method of commuting? Take VRE to Lefant and change to metro for 2 stops? Or drive to vienna metro and take metro straight into DC? How is the VRE? Looking at 545am train? Crowded? Parking? Thanks in advance for advice and guidance.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:20 AM
 
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VRE trip from Bristow to DC is going to vary from 1.5 to 2 hrs one way (when it isn't broken or dealing with delays)
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:28 AM
 
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thanks so to beat the rush to metro what time is good time to get to metro station by?
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:55 AM
 
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Looking to relocate to Bristow Area. Working in DC. Was wondering what is the best method of commuting? Take VRE to Lefant and change to metro for 2 stops? Or drive to vienna metro and take metro straight into DC? How is the VRE? Looking at 545am train? Crowded? Parking? Thanks in advance for advice and guidance.
I would choose VRE any day over driving to Vienna metro from Bristow. With the VRE, you have free parking, limited driving, and be able to sit down. Your ride would average 1 hour, 15 mins. My husband takes the same line when he has to be at work very early and he hasn't had any problems with delays. The one limitation with commuting by VRE is that you are dependent on the train schedule. If you have to work late unexpectedly, you are stuck. If you work for the government, I understand the subsidy is going up significantly so that would also help minimize your commuting costs via VRE.
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Old 05-04-2009, 12:05 PM
 
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thanks, trains clean? over crowded? I was thinking along the same lines as your husband.
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Old 05-04-2009, 01:02 PM
 
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thanks, trains clean? over crowded? I was thinking along the same lines as your husband.
They are clean and not overcrowded unless you return around 5:00 pm from DC (my husband mentioned how crowded that train was). But going into the city, your stop would be the first--if it isn't crowded at Burke Centre, I don't see how it would be from Bristow.
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Old 05-04-2009, 01:59 PM
 
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If you have to go from Virginia to Maryland then the VRE will take forever. In that case, I would drive to Metro unless you want to hang out at Union Station for an hour. Also, sometimes the train doesn't match up with the MARC train which you can transfer to for free from VRE.
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Old 05-04-2009, 02:14 PM
 
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The SmartBenefits transit subsidy limit has indeed increased as of May 1 from the first $120 to the first $230 per month of public transit fares (no parking fees included). That was part of ARRA (the so-called stimulus bill), and it's good at least through the end of 2010. The subsidy is available from all government employers and also many private employers in DC. The benefit is tax-free and can be used on Metro, VRE, commuter buses...even the cost of a vanpool if you register it...
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Old 05-04-2009, 03:21 PM
 
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If you have to go from Virginia to Maryland then the VRE will take forever. In that case, I would drive to Metro unless you want to hang out at Union Station for an hour. Also, sometimes the train doesn't match up with the MARC train which you can transfer to for free from VRE.
I thought the OP was commuting into DC. Is that right? Because a commute on VRE and MARC would be totally different.
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Old 05-04-2009, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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The SmartBenefits transit subsidy limit has indeed increased as of May 1 from the first $120 to the first $230 per month of public transit fares (no parking fees included). That was part of ARRA (the so-called stimulus bill), and it's good at least through the end of 2010. The subsidy is available from all government employers and also many private employers in DC. The benefit is tax-free and can be used on Metro, VRE, commuter buses...even the cost of a vanpool if you register it...
WOOOO HOOOO!!!
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