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Old 07-18-2007, 08:43 AM
 
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Hi:

I will be moving to Alexandria (kingstowne) next week and I currently work at Reston. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how the commute is: how long it will take, the best route to take etc etc.

Thanks,
Michiko
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Old 07-18-2007, 03:16 PM
 
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You can go from Kingstowne right onto the Franconia-Springfield Parkway, which turns into the Fairfax County Parkway, and drive it straight all the way 20+miles to Reston. I have only done this in rush hour a few times so I can't advise on the time it will actually take, but it's a simple route. There are some chokepoints, such as in the Fair Lakes area, so you'll need to experiment with the time needed.
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Old 07-18-2007, 07:31 PM
 
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I would take Franconia Road to Lee Chapel to the Fairfax County Parkway. I've never driven this route during rush hour so I can't say with absolute certainty that this way would be best, but it just seems to be that it must be better than the alternative which would involve a stretch on the Beltway and more likely than not, the bottle-necked interchange with either Route 7 or the Dulles Toll Road in Tysons. You could also take the Beltway and then get off at Braddock Road and take that to the Fairfax County Parkway, if you'd rather avoid Tysons.

This is a relatively long commute with several opportunities for traffic mishaps and inexplicable backups (especially if taking the Beltway to 7 or the Toll Road), so commute times could vary wildly but I'd say 45-60 minutes would be the rough average.
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Old 07-18-2007, 08:12 PM
 
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Hey, I live in Kingstowne too. Well, my brother lives right next door to Reston in Worldgate (Herndon) and the only ways we know how to go back and forth is, like Yankeesfan said, the Ffx County Pkwy or the Beltway. It's likely going to take 50 min. to 1+ hour to get there.
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:49 PM
 
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Thanks for your replies. Right now I commute from Greenbelt, MD to reston. So any commute would be better than that!!

I took a trial run the other day and saw that 495 south is pretty bad till exit 50(fairfax) and then the pace improves considerably..so i guess its not too bad..but i will try the fairfax county parkway suggestion and see how it works out...
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Old 07-19-2007, 02:02 PM
 
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Route 7100 (Fairfax County Parkway) will be your fastest, and least congested way to get to Reston each day. But just a heads-up, don't speed on Route 7100 there are tons of cops running radar on this road!!!
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:50 AM
 
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I am just moving into Old Town and commuting to Reston. Are there any recommendations on the best route to take, and what times of day are best for heading to Reston and returning?

(not sure how much as changed since the last post almost two years ago or if there is other advice)

Thanks for any input!
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:14 AM
 
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I am just moving into Old Town and commuting to Reston. Are there any recommendations on the best route to take, and what times of day are best for heading to Reston and returning?

(not sure how much as changed since the last post almost two years ago or if there is other advice)

Thanks for any input!
That's going to be a nasty commute. Do you have some flexibility with what times you're making the drive? If so, avoid rush hour at all costs.
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:30 AM
 
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I do have some flexibility. Just need determine the peaks and troughs of rush hours!
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:40 AM
 
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Well, this is a guess since I don't make that commute--but I think you'd be better off driving to Reston after 10 a.m. or before 7:15. Driving back might be trickier--rush hour seems to die back after 6-6:30, but it's still heavy. If you have a choice maybe you'd want to work until 8 and then drive home.
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