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Old 07-20-2012, 07:43 AM
 
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Hi There!

I would so appreciate any insight on commuting from Silver Spring (20901) to N. Bethesda. Google Maps tells me its approx 8.7 miles, and the main drag is 495.

I am not familiar with driving on 495 but have heard from various people that driving in the evenign from N. Bethesda to Silver Spring could yield a 45 minute - one hour commute.

Is this your experience? Any ideas no how to avoid 495?

THANK YOU!
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Old 07-20-2012, 07:58 AM
 
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It mostly will depend on where in North Bethesda and where in Silver Spring you are going. 495 itself is congested and can be frustrating, but when I did the columbia/bethesda drive, most of the delay came from traffic on the local roads like Rockville Pike, Geaorgia Ave, Conneticut, 29, etc. Those get crazy congested with all the lights, and easily make for a long drive. Depending on where your job and home are, I would look for back roads to avoid those main arteries, I'm not sure if there are many good options though. I would recommend the bus/metro if feasible, just to save yourself some of the stress.
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:05 AM
 
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Mapquest.com is good at finding the back roads. You could take Forest Glen Road and Stoneybrook Road or Seminary Road and connect with Beach Drive in the park to get to North Bethesda. I would prefer to avoid the Beltway whenever possible. Or find a good cross-town bus route.
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:02 PM
 
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If you are going SS to NB in the morning, you are with the traffic. The Beltway E to W in the AM is some of the worst traffic in the area. I know. I drive in the opposite direction every day and thank all things holy I am against it.

It can be pretty bad on the way back too (i.e., PM) though not as much for some reason.
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:21 PM
 
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Hi There!

I would so appreciate any insight on commuting from Silver Spring (20901) to N. Bethesda. Google Maps tells me its approx 8.7 miles, and the main drag is 495.

I am not familiar with driving on 495 but have heard from various people that driving in the evenign from N. Bethesda to Silver Spring could yield a 45 minute - one hour commute.

Is this your experience? Any ideas no how to avoid 495?

THANK YOU!
Instead of driving (unless your job requires it), take the J5 metro bus. It should take you the same amount of time or even less w/o dealing with stupid drivers or wear and tear on your car.

http://www.wmata.com/bus/timetables/md/j5.pdf?n
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