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Old 08-11-2010, 07:58 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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How much will this suck?
Ok... so I have a temporary job right now near Virginia Hospital. My 6 month old son's daycare is 2 blocks away. I will be taking the bus a hop skip and a jump to Ballston Metro station, from there we will be heading all the way down the line to Cheverly MD. Generally I've always had good luck with getting a seat... i.e. "lady has a baby and looks like she's going to pull her hair out".

I hear the orange line is packed... I will only be doing this a month to a month and a half. Is this doable? It's either that or sit in traffic for who knows how long. Any suggestions? Am I better off driving? Thanks!
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:32 PM
 
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definitely drive - leave early and the baby can nap in the car seat.
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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You misspelled your thread title. Add a "b" to each of the last 3 words. Just kidding but with a baby you need to drive during those hours. If timing was off peak then it would be fine.
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:56 AM
 
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Getting a seat is not the only issue. After your child has spent all day in daycare, how long do you suppose you keep him happy while you wait for the bus, get on and off, wait for the train, get on, and then ride all the way out to other end of the line? Remember, no food on the Metro, so that pacifying option is out.
It may be worth a try, but I'd be prepared to drive if necessary.
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Old 08-12-2010, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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I hear the orange line is packed...!
It is indeed very congested. The Silver Line is long overdue, although I think it will just eventually make the Orange Line even more crowded.
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Old 08-13-2010, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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I would be inclined to deal with driving, myself, in your situation. In the morning, the worst of the traffic will be in the morning from Cheverly to 395, but once past Capitol Hill, it's a reverse commute, and should not be too bad to Arlington, at all. In the afternoon, 395 can be a pain, but if you cross the 14th Street Bridge in the HOV lanes (open to all traffic in the afternoon, left exit by the Pentagon), you can avoid getting stuck on the main lanes of the bridge. Then, you could go through town, or merge onto the Freeway to get to the tunnel and Route 50.

You would likely have a couple of weeks of a lighter rush hour, until schools are back in session, so you could find a good route, but driving would be my thought. If you were literally on top of a Metro at both ends, and did not need to wait for the bus, I'd say Metro, but not using the bus, too, since if it's hot or rainy, it would be miserable to have to wait.
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Old 08-13-2010, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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What times of day will you be on the train? For the ride home, getting on at Cheverly should allow you to get a seat - I'm guessing it won't be crowded until you get closer in to DC. Since you're not changing trains, once you're on and seated you should be fine. For the ride in, getting on at Ballston might be a bit busy. If it helps you could take the train the other way and go to the East Falls Church station and then get off and get back on going the other way. It may sound silly but it will cut down on the competition for seats. Takes longer, though.

As someone else pointed out, the mood and behavior of your baby will be the deciding factor. I suppose you could try it and see how it goes. If it's too difficult or annoying you can drive.

If you end up driving and HOV lanes are an option, a baby DOES count as a second passenger.

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Old 08-14-2010, 02:47 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Do you baby wear? When my DS was about 4 months we had to exacuate due to hurricane Gustav, and I was stuck for hours on end in an extremely crowded airport with hundreds (probaby thousands) of other people. No seats anywhere. I had a baby bjorn and peanut shell sling with me, and they were life savers. With him attached to me, it was pretty easy to navigate even really tight crowds. Just a thought.
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:16 AM
 
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i'd say it depends on the temperament of your baby. i have 3 kids. the first baby would have been better off on the metro, because he screamed in the car but was happy in the sling. he would sleep in the sling anywhere and i nursed him in it, so the metro would be great. the next baby i would have chosen the car, because he loved to sleep in his car seat. the third baby would have been a toss up, because she was super easy in any situation and in that case i'd have chosen metro unless it was cold outside.
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Old 08-15-2010, 02:32 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Thanks all for the info! Unfortunately I would be making the commute along with everyone and their brother... rush hour. My baby loves to be held and tends to cry in the car seat so thats why I was thinking metro... but then again... I guess its worth a try to see how it will go.
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