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Old 01-12-2010, 08:44 AM
 
Location: South Riding, VA
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Well I finally got a job offer today!! I'm quite excited , although its in Haymarket which is about 25 miles from where I live in Falls Church. I will be working 8:30-5 Monday through Friday.

What I'm wondering is, how bad would the commute be? I know I'll be going against most of the traffic which is in my favor, but to be there by 8:30 what time should I leave? And I know coming home at night I'll probably run into some gridlock as I get inside the beltway towards my exit.

I'm thinking that later this week I'm going to make the drive in the morning to scope it out. I have no experience driving during rush hour down here, with the HOV lanes and whatnot. I'll be taking 66 which I assume is the easiest way to get there considering the office is just off exit 40. Would this drive be a bit crazy or not so bad? I just wanted to get some input from the board since you've been pretty helpful. Thanks!
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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My husband commutes from Vienna to Manassas. It's about 40 minutes give or take. He gets on I-66 at Nutley Street (exit 62) and gets off at Business 234 (exit 43, I believe). It's not an awful commute, but he does put lots of miles on our car and uses up a lot of gas. Traffic is pretty light in the morning. Sometimes he gets stuck in some bottlenecks in the afternoon - not too bad. He still usually makes it home in 45 minutes. We used to live in Falls Church near Marshall High School, and the commute wasn't too much longer. I would leave an hour to be safe (maybe a little more in the beginning) and adjust accordingly. You could get a worse commute in this area! Good luck with your new job!
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:52 AM
 
Location: South Riding, VA
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Thanks for the tip, we signed a year least but depending on how things work out we may move in the future. I'm used to having a longer commute where I used to live, so I don't think 40-45 minutes will be too bad. I wish I could have found something closer but this was the first full time thing that worked out.

We'll see how it goes though, if the commute gets to be too much I can alway start the job hunt again. Thats one good thing about working in healthcare, different things open up all the time
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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congrats on getting the job offer!
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Old 01-12-2010, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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That's a good commute. Most of the morning jam on Westbound 66 is East of there in the AM. If you were going the opposite direction it'd be horrific.
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:40 AM
 
Location: South Riding, VA
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Thanks for the advice. If I don't have anything going on Friday I'm going to make the morning part of the drive just to check it out and see how much time I should give myself.
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