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Old 12-14-2009, 07:24 PM
 
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I'm thinking of moving to Maryland somewhere near St. Charles and would commute via the Huntington Rd. metro. Does anyone know what the parking is like there in the morning? I know it has over 1000 spots but I've also been told that they fill-up quickly. I'm also interested in what the traffic is like in that area in the morning.

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Old 12-15-2009, 01:01 AM
 
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Wouldn't it make more sense to park at one of the MD Green Line stations if you're commuting to DC?

Why fight the traffic going over the Wilson Bridge in the morning?
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Old 12-15-2009, 06:40 AM
 
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You do realize Huntington is in VA..right. as the other poster said you would be going over the bridge, and then trying to get off 495 at some busy intersections, turning south, getting to the station, only to head back north. Where are you trying to get to?
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Old 12-17-2009, 08:50 PM
 
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I'm heading to downtown DC so either line would be OK (I'll need to transfer no matter which I choose). I just googled directions to both Huntington Rd. and Branch Ave. from the same starting point and the estimated travel times are one minute apart. Either way I'll still need to drive on the beltway for a few miles. Is Wilson Bridge much worse than the other direction? Is parking any easier at one of the two stations?
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:12 PM
 
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I just did St. Charles to Branch Ave. on Google Maps- it's 18 miles up 301/5, no Beltway involved.

To Huntington, it's 25 miles, mostly up 210 and then onto the Beltway.

I would definitely choose Branch Ave. based on those numbers.
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:12 PM
 
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But to answer your question, I usually get to the metro around 8:40a-9:00a and have never had a problem (though expect to park on inconvienent level/far from station entrance).
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:24 PM
 
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What about now, a year later after these posts dated? Is there a closer station to catch the red line to get to the medical center. I also want to move to MD in the St Charles area and commute to the medical center. Do you know how far of a commute we are talking about here. It is in Bethesda and I am not familiar with the area. Can anyone offer good info on what I can do for a convenient commute? I read there is a station on Smallwood and st Charles pkwy now which is somewhat conveniently located where I plan to live.
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:29 PM
 
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What about now, a year later after these posts dated? Is there a closer station to catch the red line to get to the medical center. I also want to move to MD in the St Charles area and commute to the medical center. Do you know how far of a commute we are talking about here. It is in Bethesda and I am not familiar with the area. Can anyone offer good info on what I can do for a convenient commute? I read there is a station on Smallwood and st Charles pkwy now which is somewhat conveniently located where I plan to live.
Yikes--unless there is a HUGE draw in St. Charles, I'd look at moving to the part of Maryland on the other side of DC. That's a long commute. It's going to be an hour just counting the time from arriving at the metro parking garage (Branch Ave) to getting off in Bethesda (with a line change in the middle). Add another 30 minutes to get TO the metro.

Maybe the long commute doesn't bother you...but I would think there would be a more convenient area to live.
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:30 PM
 
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Yikes--unless there is a HUGE draw in St. Charles, I'd look at moving to the part of Maryland on the other side of DC. That's a long commute. It's going to be an hour just counting the time from arriving at the metro parking garage (Branch Ave) to getting off in Bethesda (with a line change in the middle). Add another 30 minutes to get TO the metro.

Maybe the long commute doesn't bother you...but I would think there would be a more convenient area to live.
Totally agreed! Somewhere in Montgomery or Frederick Counties would be better, although from Frederick it will be long too. However, we do not know if there are other reasons for choosing St. Charles. I'd never do it, but some people do crazy commutes like that.
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