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Old 03-21-2010, 07:19 PM
Status: "RIP Brandon" (set 3 days ago)
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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As you NoVA regulars know I'm moving to Ft. Knox in a matter of weeks. Ya'll have helped me with commute advice before now I need it again.

The situation:

I will likely be moving into a hotel suite on Ft. Belvoir for the last week I'm here. I will have 5 or 6 more days at work in Ballston when this happens. What would be the best way to do this commute? Would parking at the Springfield Mall (for free) and metroing in from there (Fran-Spr) be better? How about taking Telegraph (from Belvoir) to Van Dorn to Walter Reed to George Mason Dr into Ballston? How long would each one take? Right now, I'm leaning metro since the Franconia Station is not too long from Ft. Belvoir.
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I'd metro. It took my husband 90 minutes to get from Springfield to Rosslyn at 7am last week. (Granted, he was a moron and took 395...love him, but his sense of traffic isn't the greatest )
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Old 03-22-2010, 04:52 AM
 
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Metro, definitely. Telegraph Rd is so pot-holed it looks like a bombing range, is 2 lanes and has a major school complex and Belvoir gates along it, so that's going to be really slow going and no way to duck out sideways onto another route. Possibly you could get onto GW Parkway to Spout Run, then come thru the neighborhoods from 29 to get to Ballston, but Metro would still be a lot easier.
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Old 03-22-2010, 05:54 AM
 
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Metro..You aren't on telegraph that long, but depending on what time, there is the school zone, and then the trip up Vandorn can take awhile, sometimes you can sit through the light at Van Dorn and Franconia road for a couple changes.
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Old 03-22-2010, 04:15 PM
Status: "RIP Brandon" (set 3 days ago)
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Actually I try to arrive at work before 7am so school time wouldn't be a big issue for me. But it seems my instincts were correct on metro.

A couple of questions

- Should I drive to the Fran-Spr station or the Huntington station? Mom says Huntington is a shorter drive, I think Franconia is closer.

- Is there free parking at the Springfield Mall for metro commuters?
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:55 PM
 
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Actually I try to arrive at work before 7am so school time wouldn't be a big issue for me. But it seems my instincts were correct on metro.

A couple of questions

- Should I drive to the Fran-Spr station or the Huntington station? Mom says Huntington is a shorter drive, I think Franconia is closer.

- Is there free parking at the Springfield Mall for metro commuters?
Huntington is probably a little closer unless you're caught up in Route 1 traffic, which would seem unlikely at the time you're commuting.

If I'm not mistaken, parking at Springfield Mall for commuting purposes is "technically" illegal. That said, I'm sure you wouldn't be the first to do so.
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Old 04-04-2010, 04:29 AM
Status: "RIP Brandon" (set 3 days ago)
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Thanks all. Now it looks like this advice will be for naught since mother decided to just get a room at Days Inn just across 395 from our apt. Thanks anyway though.
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