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Old 11-30-2010, 06:42 PM
 
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My wife and I are in the process of moving to the DC / Northern Virginia area for a job in Quantico. I plan to commute via train so I'd prefer to have little effort involved in making it to and from the train station near home.

What are good cities to look at. I don't want to feel like I'm in a small town in the middle of no where (because that's where I'm coming from). But I don't want to be deadlocked in traffic all the time. I'm looking to rent w/ pets. We're in our 20's and would like to find a community that fits us.

I've noticed Woodbridge and Alexandria. They seem interesting. I don't mind a longer commute as long as it's not a bunch of different things. I just want to get on a train then get off and be at my destination.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Without knowing what you are looking to spend for housing it's pretty hard to answer this. But if you choose Woodbridge and you're working in Quantico you likely won't need to take the train. Unless you live in Belmont which is in Woodbridge and located right at the VRE stop. Otherwise you can drive into Quantico as you go against traffic and it's close. Even Alexandria will be a reverse commute but you would still have I 95 which can be a problem even for the reverse commute at times. If you look in what I call south Woodbridge then getting into Quantico will be easy by driving. Anything south of Dale Blvd on RT 1 is what I'm referring to. There are some new housing communities along Rt 1 that are nice and of course you have Montclair and any number of housing communities along Dumfries Rd that are nice.
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:06 PM
 
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Quantico is a big place and it is not designed for public transportation. So, if your job is nor walking distance to the VRE station, you will have a rough time.. If you job is in/near the FBI complex at Quantico and you plan on walking from the train, you may (if you are speedy) make it to work in time to turn around and walk back to the train.

Rent in Stafford or Prince William until you get your bearings..

Or.. rent in Quantico Town.
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Old 12-04-2010, 06:18 AM
 
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Unless you live in Belmont which is in Woodbridge and located right at the VRE stop.
Does the VRE go southbound in the morning?

I would say look around Montclair and make the short drive against traffic.
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Old 12-04-2010, 10:15 AM
 
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Does the VRE go southbound in the morning?

I would say look around Montclair and make the short drive against traffic.

I was wondering the same thing. I'm going to assume it does because the trains that go North have to come back. But whether they pick up passengers and make the same stops on the way southbound is another issue.

But, on top of that, as another poster said, I'm not sure how you'd get on the base without a VERY long walk.
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Old 12-04-2010, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Prince William County, VA
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I was wondering the same thing. I'm going to assume it does because the trains that go North have to come back. But whether they pick up passengers and make the same stops on the way southbound is another issue.

But, on top of that, as another poster said, I'm not sure how you'd get on the base without a VERY long walk.
The VRE station is right on base. There are many work-buildings on Quantico within walking distance of the VRE, many of my Dh's co-workers have taken the VRE to work.

Not sure where on base the OP will be working though. Like Beach Rat said, if OP will be at the FBI part, it will not be a reasonable walking distance.
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Old 12-04-2010, 12:14 PM
 
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The VRE station is right on base. There are many work-buildings on Quantico within walking distance of the VRE, many of my Dh's co-workers have taken the VRE to work.

Not sure where on base the OP will be working though. Like Beach Rat said, if OP will be at the FBI part, it will not be a reasonable walking distance.
Thanks, I didn't realize the stop was on the base. I sort of thought it was more in the town part of Quantico. But it is a BIG base. I would imagine there would be some shuttle.
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:10 AM
 
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Thanks, I didn't realize the stop was on the base. I sort of thought it was more in the town part of Quantico. But it is a BIG base. I would imagine there would be some shuttle.
The train tracks divide the base and the town (at the VRE Station).. The station is in Quantico Town but the parking is on the base..

There may be a shuttle and again there may not be, or the schedule may not be convenient.

I suggest a field trip.. pack up the car and drive to Quantico Town.. See just how far most of Quantico employment is from the train station and what a nice little town Quantico Town is..

Our commuting patterns and road system do not support a convenient commute to Quantico from outside the Stafford/Eastern Prince William areas..

I go to Quantico (from Fairfax City) often for Commissary and Medical services.. there is no direct, easy route and my trips are timed to be between rush hours..

Sorry.. there is no "free lunch" ..
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:57 PM
 
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That's one thing you don't have to worry about in Northern Virginia. You have to go pretty far out to feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. The rest I cannot help you with, other than to say I do believe you can do a reverse commute on VRE. I'm pretty sure my husband has done it a few times to Manassas, and it's very empty.

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I don't want to feel like I'm in a small town in the middle of no where (because that's where I'm coming from).
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:23 PM
 
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It looks like VRE only goes southbound in the PM hours. Which makes sense. There would be almost no ridership going that direction in the morning.

General Schedule Information - VRE

Virginia Railway Express is a commuter rail service that operates Monday through Friday from the Northern Virginia suburbs to Washington D.C. We primarily travel northbound in the morning, towards Washington, and southbound during the evening, towards Manassas (along I-66), and Fredericksburg (along I-95). VRE does not operate service on weekends or Federal holidays. Please consult the calendar page for specific dates.
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