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Old 06-21-2010, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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I've not used the metro for commuting as I drive, but it always seems like the Red line suffers the worst delays for some reason. I've almost always been frustrated when trying to get somewhere outside of downtown via the Red line.
They've been having fires and whatever, but it seems the orange line has more offloadings of trains because of door problems. When that happens, the next 3-4 trains will be completely packed, and then it starts being the time where trains are running only every 10 minutes. So you wait 10 minutes for another train you cannot board..

Seems Redline is worse for safety reasons, but Orangeline is more unrealiable for other reasons. I live by courthouse, but if I make the bus, i'll take it to Rosslyn so I can take the blue line in.
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:06 AM
 
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I've not used the metro for commuting as I drive, but it always seems like the Red line suffers the worst delays for some reason. I've almost always been frustrated when trying to get somewhere outside of downtown via the Red line.
Betamanlet, I hear you on the bus timing projections.

Interesting; so right now its living at places on the Red Line (Shady Grove, Rockville, etc.) and a maximum commute of 22 minutes to Tenleytown/AU (and then a 15 minute walk/bus) versus living by Pentagon City and a 45-50 minute commute on the Blue Line and bus.

So they're both fairly similar commutes then? Or am I missing another wrinkle?
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Betamanlet, I hear you on the bus timing projections.

Interesting; so right now its living at places on the Red Line (Shady Grove, Rockville, etc.) and a maximum commute of 22 minutes to Tenleytown/AU (and then a 15 minute walk/bus) versus living by Pentagon City and a 45-50 minute commute on the Blue Line and bus.

So they're both fairly similar commutes then? Or am I missing another wrinkle?
I think then you'd have to take other factors into account. I don't think Pentagon city has any free parking for anything. I recall even having to pay for parking to go grocery shopping there, while if you were in Rockville, parking is free and ample... (not for metro, anywhere though). Though maybe in either place you could be in walking distance of the metro...

I grew up in Rockville, but I currently live in Nova. I'd personally rather hve the Rockville to Tenleytown commute commute of your options.
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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I think then you'd have to take other factors into account. I don't think Pentagon city has any free parking for anything. I recall even having to pay for parking to go grocery shopping there, while if you were in Rockville, parking is free and ample... (not for metro, anywhere though). Though maybe in either place you could be in walking distance of the metro...

I grew up in Rockville, but I currently live in Nova. I'd personally rather hve the Rockville to Tenleytown commute commute of your options.
Depends on the apartment complex and whether or not you have zoned parking near the building. Also, while crowded, Pentagon Row's above ground parking is free and many of the shops and restaurants validate the underground parking. The apartments in the immediate vicinity of PR all use that garage for their residential parking, although I doubt it's free of a monthly fee.
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:01 AM
 
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I think then you'd have to take other factors into account. I don't think Pentagon city has any free parking for anything. I recall even having to pay for parking to go grocery shopping there, while if you were in Rockville, parking is free and ample... (not for metro, anywhere though). Though maybe in either place you could be in walking distance of the metro..
Pentagon City's above ground lot has free parking for the first hour, so you can go to Harris Teeter and park for free. It is usually very crowded though.
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:53 PM
 
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I think it's a flawed idea to live in Virginia and work in DC. Where's the quality of life? For $2400/month you'll be able to find a place to live in the District that meets your needs.
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