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Old 12-20-2011, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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We're looking at a house rental off Franconia Road that is between two metro stops. It is (marginally) closer to the Franconia stop versus Van Dorn. It seems silly to drive farther away to ride past the next stop. (Husband is commuting to the Pentagon). What's the time difference and parking situation between the two? What would be the time difference to make it worthwhile to go to one versus the other?
Can anyone tell me anything about traffic in this area around am and pm rush hour? Each one is 2-3 miles away. Are we looking at a 10-15 minute commute to the station or a 45 minute?
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:54 PM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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I will let others comment on the traffic.

Franconia Springfield has a lot more parking. OTOH Van Dorn is smaller and easier to get in and out of. Things may have changed, but I would pick Franconia if he is going to park n ride, and Van Dorn if you are going to drop him at the "kiss n ride".

You might also check out buses to the metro as an option, or even biking to the metro on nice days.
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC (Ballantyne/Charlotte in Sep)
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We're looking at a house rental off Franconia Road that is between two metro stops. It is (marginally) closer to the Franconia stop versus Van Dorn. It seems silly to drive farther away to ride past the next stop. (Husband is commuting to the Pentagon). What's the time difference and parking situation between the two? What would be the time difference to make it worthwhile to go to one versus the other?
Can anyone tell me anything about traffic in this area around am and pm rush hour? Each one is 2-3 miles away. Are we looking at a 10-15 minute commute to the station or a 45 minute?
Franconia has more parking available while Van Dorn fills up pretty quickly. Van Dorn St can really back up during rush hour.
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:53 PM
 
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Plus I think if you want to sit, if you ride at franconia you'd be pretty much assured a seat you like whereas at van dorn it might be slim pickins
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:18 PM
 
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The commute will be short. 15 min from the time you leave your house until you are on the train. There are something like 265 spaces at Van Dorn (which is essentially nothing). Franconia has several thousand spaces. If you are very close to Franconia Rd, you probably will find a bus that goes right to Van Dorn Station. Of course, on the way home, you'll have to time it so that you catch a bus and don't have to wait 25 min. for the next one.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:45 PM
 
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Franconia has around 5400 parking spaces, plus overflow parking in the Macy's garage at Springfield Mall. Heading to Van Dorn you'd be dealing with traffic backups caused by the Wilson Bridge construction project.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:39 AM
 
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Not to mention that Franconia Rd x Van Dorn intersection is nasty during rush hour, and Van Dorn going into/out of Alexandria city is only 2 lanes each way, you're looking at some nasty traffic going in/out of Van Dorn metro.
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:03 AM
 
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I agree - The intersection of Van Dorn and Franconia is a nightmare. It could take you longer to go the shorter distance depending on where you are trying to pick up Van Dorn. As most have said, more parking at Franconia. and better seat on the train. There are lots of buses, two run by my house, one side of the street heads to Van Dorn Metro, the other side to Franconia. It isn't the Metro bus, might be the fairfax connector or the other common one.
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