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Old 12-28-2009, 09:11 AM
 
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:46 PM
 
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Best advice is to live near where you work...Ballston to Ashburn in the AM is fine, in the evening you'll be hating life. You work 5 days, go out 2 (ok maybe 3) Just crash at a friends house on the weekends and you're good to go. Metro is coming to Ashburn but that's still 5 years off.
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Old 12-28-2009, 02:16 PM
 
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Think I am leaning towards Reston then based on this feedback.Sounds like a good option...

Any other thoughts are welcomed...keep them coming and thanks for the time!
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Old 12-28-2009, 03:22 PM
 
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Best advice is to live near where you work...Ballston to Ashburn in the AM is fine, in the evening you'll be hating life. You work 5 days, go out 2 (ok maybe 3) Just crash at a friends house on the weekends and you're good to go. . .
Totally agree. Best advice of the day. OP, maybe I missed it, but did you mention where exactly you would be working? I wasn't sure if your new job is in the Ballston area or Ashburn area.
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:21 PM
 
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Will be working in Ashburn. Reston sounds pretty good to me I suppose, but was hoping to be a little closer to DC, Metro..but can't have it all!
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:08 AM
 
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You won't have to pay tolls to get from Reston to Ashburn, though you will not be able to take the most "direct" route without paying tolls. There are other ways, though.

I go into Ashburn fairly often, and I usually take Rt. 7 or Waxpool Rd. to get into the Ashburn area.
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:53 PM
 
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Default Ballston to Ashburn

Not sure if you have made a housing decision yet, but here's my 2 cents. I commute from Ballston to Ashburn every day. I can be to my office (by Waxpool and Loundon Co. Parkway) in 35-40 minutes in the morning. You take 66 west to the Toll Road, then take the Toll Road until you hit Rt. 28 north right by the airport. From there its 28 North about 1.5 miles to Waxpool. The only traffic I hit is the first couple miles from the 66 ramp to about the East Falls Church Metro. After that it's smooth sailing. $1 toll.

On the way home, back out Waxpool to 28 South to the Toll Road again. Take the toll Rd. to Rt 7 East. Take 7 east through Tysons Corner, and then hop on 66 E at East Falls Church again and head back to the Ballston exit, about 4-5 miles. You'll hit some traffic on 7 through Tysons, and again when you get on 66 (usually pretty slow,maybe 20 mph, but only for a couple miles). $0.75 toll. Return trip takes between 45 min and an hour most days. With heavy traffic, 1 hour 15 minutes. On a good day, about 35-40 minutes.

If you don't mind a little drive, its not so bad. Also, I leave Ballston around 7:45 am and head home around 6:30 pm. Leaving earlier in the morning helps. Leaving Ashburn between 4 and 5 may add a few minutes. Leaving at 6 pm or later takes off a few minutes. Hope this helped.
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:08 AM
 
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I commute from Arlington to the Dulles area everyday. Paying the tolls suck but it's better than driving all the way down 66 and cutting down 28 or using 7 with all the traffic lights. The commute can get frustrating but it's not too terrible if you can work a flexible schedule. I *try* to leave everyday around 7 and I get to my desk no later than 730/740. That said I also leave work right around 4 and tend to miss/catch the early part of the 66/toll road congestion. Basically if you can work a little earlier or later then it won't be too bad. Just don't expect to be able to leave at 8 or head home around 5 without some nasty traffic.

Kind of a side note:

If you work out there is the alternative of joining a gym in the Ashburn area (golds/fitness first have branches in arlington) and getting a workout in right after work while traffic dies down.
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