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Old 04-22-2012, 07:17 PM
 
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What is the quickest, least stressful way to commute from Burke to Arlington (specifically the Courthouse stop)? We are relocating to the area and Burke seems to be the most reasonable area we could find. We're also considering Fairlington, but can get much more house for your money in Burke.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:29 PM
 
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Quickest, least stressful way? Drive during non-rush hour (i.e. leave Burke as early as humanly possible). Assuming your job pays for/offers parking. Any chance you work non-standard hours?

There are also buses that go to the Pentagon (use wmata.com's trip planner for the exact lines). At the Pentagon, you can catch the blue line and transfer to the orange line. You're looking at at least an hour, assuming you catch a bus immediately and everything is on time.

If you don't like the bus idea, you can drive to the Franconia/Springfield station if you're at the right end of Burke, and take the blue line up to Rosslyn and transfer. Again, long trip.

There is also the VRE, which would again drop you off at the Pentagon. Not terribly helpful, since it's more expensive than the bus and you'd still have to transfer to the metro.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:33 PM
 
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Hours are flexible. Can go in relatively early and leave early. Is 6:30am early enough to miss some of the madness?
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:41 PM
 
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I don't make that drive on a daily basis, but I would think you'd miss a good portion of it then. Google maps offers a traffic feature now that allows you to adjust for day/time. Select "traffic" in the upper right corner, then use the slider in the bottom left to adjust for different times and watch 395 turn red

Personally, if you can swing Fairlington and don't have small children for whom you'd want the extra space in the house, I'd go for it. Nearby Shirlington is a fabulous area to hang out after work, and it would really shrink your commute.
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:34 AM
 
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Hours are flexible. Can go in relatively early and leave early. Is 6:30am early enough to miss some of the madness?
I commute from Annandale to Ballston and can attest that leaving at 6:30/6:45 am makes the commute a breeze.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:03 AM
 
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What is the quickest, least stressful way to commute from Burke to Arlington (specifically the Courthouse stop)? We are relocating to the area and Burke seems to be the most reasonable area we could find. We're also considering Fairlington, but can get much more house for your money in Burke.
I have been commuting from West Springfield (near Burke) to the Courthouse station via Fairfax County Parkway and Metro for at least 12 years. Just as a frame of reference, here is my schedule...

5:20 Leave house
5:35 Arrive at Springfield/Franconia station
5:45 Board Blue Line
6:15 Arrive at Roslyn station
6:18 Board Orange Line toward Vienna
6:24 Arrive at Courthouse

Going back home, I generally leave the office at 3:20 pm and arrive at Springfield at about 4:05.

This may seem like a long commute, but having been driving to Bethesda and S.E. DC for many years, this is the right choice for me. Lots of time to read, play with my smartphone and/or doze.

Serious delays are rare...maybe 2 or 3 a year; parking is plentiful at that time. No stress! But you will have to evaluate the other responses. Best wishes!
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:23 AM
 
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Thanks for all of your help! Parking will be provided at work but still considering other travel options. Just trying to weigh out the pros/cons of each.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:25 AM
 
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Do you think driving to the Vienna metro station would make it any quicker?
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Do you think driving to the Vienna metro station would make it any quicker?
Where exactly are you looking in Burke? It's a fairly spread out area. I'd say from most parts of Burke it's going to be at least 20-30 minutes to Vienna, assuming you miss traffic. The good news is you wouldn't have to change trains once there, so that would save you a bit of a hassle.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:58 AM
 
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You might have better luck getting to the Dunn Loring station actually if you go up prosperity using wakefield chapel from Braddock depending on what part of burke also. I know that is how my dad commutes to McLean and Dunn Loring is only half that distance.
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