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Old 09-02-2009, 02:42 PM
 
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I have a job interview scheduled for 11AM on a Thursday morning near Inner Harbor.

Obviously wanting to be reasonably early, what would be a good time to leave from the Fairfax/Centreville area? I know both 66 and 495 will probably be a disaster, so I'm trying to get a good estimate.

Thanks!
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Old 09-02-2009, 04:51 PM
 
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About 9 - 9:20 just to be safe. It's a straight shot after passing Tyson's Corner, I'd but add in the time for parking and such, since it's the Inner Harbor (and especially since it's an interview). Make sure to check for construction along your route, I think that they are trying to fit in as much road work as possible before everyone comes back after Labor Day.
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:40 PM
 
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I agree, leave by 9:00.
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Old 09-03-2009, 01:14 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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I would leave no later than 8:30, seriously. From DC, I would leave at 9:15 or 9:30 for an interview in Baltimore, since you will hit traffic in Baltimore. Factoring parking and any unforseen delays, since you do not want to come racing in at the last minute before the interview, 9:00 is cutting it too close from Centreville, IMO. And, if for some reason it's a miraculous morning without much traffic, you'll be in Baltimore a bit earlier, but that way you can arrive at the inteview relaxed and at your best, not haggard and worried about running late.
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Old 09-03-2009, 05:41 AM
 
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Also, add more time if it is raining. Traffic really slows down and often stops for some periods in the rain.

Suggest using/borrowing a GPS system, so you can be relatively sure of being in the correct lane at the right time for exits and not having to glance down at directions.
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Old 09-03-2009, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Vienna, VA, USA
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Best to leave super early and if there's horrible traffic you'll be on time, and if there isn't well, bring stuff to do, or just practice/review for the interview. I normally don't go that way in the morning, but weekday evenings it's sometimes taken 2+ hours to get to Columbia, which is still a good 20+ minutes without traffic from the inner harber...
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