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Old 05-19-2007, 06:17 AM
 
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Hello,
I am considering moving to Columbia MD. I will be working in DC (Children's National Med Ctr-Michigan Avenue NW). If I leave at about 6:30 AM to work and plan to come home around 5 PM, what commute times should I expect?
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Old 05-20-2007, 01:41 PM
 
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Hello,
I am considering moving to Columbia MD. I will be working in DC (Children's National Med Ctr-Michigan Avenue NW). If I leave at about 6:30 AM to work and plan to come home around 5 PM, what commute times should I expect?
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Your looking at about 1hr and 15 mins in the morning. Heavy Traffic coming in but about half hour to 45 minutes on the way home. Your close to NY avenue and relatively close to the beltway.....
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Old 05-20-2007, 11:58 PM
 
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My husband drives to DC...leaving that early in the morning will take you about an hour, there's always traffic to DC. If he leaves at 5:00pm I won't see him before 6:30pm and usually closer to 7pm if he drives. He usually either drives to the Metro or takes the express bus...both are faster. Good luck!
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Old 05-22-2007, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Washington DC
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I commute from Columbia to the K st area M-F leave around 6:30 and it takes on average an hour but one accident or rain forget it 2 hours. as for trip home I leave 4:30 and again on average 1 hour. I would sugest staying away from 295 the BW parkway in the afternoon trip it backs ups well before the beltway I go 16th street and hit the beltway for short hop to 95 which flows better that 295
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Old 05-22-2007, 04:58 PM
 
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Have you thought about catching the MARC train to work? Granted, there are slow days on the trains, too, but you can rest or catch up on work and not have to worry about traffic.
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Old 05-25-2007, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Howard County, MD
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Yeah, I was thinking that leaving work at 5 pm would put you back in Columbia over 1 1/2 later... I suspect you'd have a shorter commute in the morning than at that time in the afternoon.

As an alternative, you may want to check into the commuter bus service offered by Maryland; I don't know if they have a dropoff point near your office, but you can check at http://www.mtamaryland.com/services/commuterbus/ (broken link) .
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Old 05-25-2007, 07:02 AM
 
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Use Marc to get to DC- my husband takes it every day. It's much easier than driving- and there is several stations- he uses the one off of Rt 100, the Dorsey Station. His train leaves DC at 4:13 and he walks in the door a few minutes after 5.
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Old 06-08-2007, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Take the train... =)
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Old 06-08-2007, 03:03 PM
 
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Problem would be getting from Union Station to Children's. There's no metrorail service to that area (Ft. Totten is the closest, and that isn't walking distance!) so you're stuck taking metrobus. I guess it wouldn't be too bad, but it isn't something I enjoy.
1.5 to 2 hours each way would be a good estimate driving.
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Old 06-29-2007, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Take the MARC train, and catch the 5:18 home and get to Savage station (lots of free parking) around 6.
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