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Old 02-19-2013, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Mclean, Va; West Palm Beach, Fl
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Horrible commute. There is no against traffic North to Columbia. Only way it works is to either go in early or leave late at night. Took me at best 1 hour 15 mins, at worse over 2 hours each way.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:16 AM
 
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Don't do it. Live in Maryland - even though I prefer VA, in your situation it's a no-brainer.

The only good thing I can say about the Reston to Columbia commute is that it's better than the person in the other thread who's planning on going from South Riding to College Park (smh).
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Do you drive the beltway every day? Inner loop in the morning into MD isn't a parking lot unless there's a major accident which doesn't happen that frequently. This morning I left Tysons Corner and got to Silver Spring MD in about 40 minutes. Going home generally isn't too bad either, I average about 40-45 minutes or so. The express lanes construction ending and opening up those lanes has helped traffic flow.

My home is close to the beltway as is my office in Silver Spring, so the vast majority of my commute is 495. I think this is key if you're commuting between VA/MD. The OP will have a much longer commute because of this. If you don't want to live in MD I'd suggest finding a home closer to the beltway in VA, but property will be much more expensive, and I'm sure a big reason you're buying in Reston is how much you can afford there. Good luck
Nope, I don't drive the MD portion of 495 nor 95 regularly any longer but respectfully, I believe your tolerance of traffic has been numbed. Major accidents are not the problem, it's the design, rubbernecking, poor/risky driving behavior, slowdowns and construction that contribute more to the overall problem. The Mont Co 495 (Legion Bridge to College Park) is hilly, has a major distraction (Mormon Temple), curvy, built-in choke points and has more exits/per road mile compared to the PG Co side of 495/95 where it's relatively flat and straight from the WWII Bridge to College Park. I'm sure MDOT had it's reasons designing it that way 50+ yrs ago. If I were dictator of MD, I would use eminent domain and straighten it out.

Yes, I agree the HOT lane construction has reduced congestion on my VA/495 daily commute. I am content with that.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:19 AM
 
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Nope, I don't drive the MD portion of 495 nor 95 regularly any longer but respectfully, I believe your tolerance of traffic has been numbed. Major accidents are not the problem, it's the design, rubbernecking, poor/risky driving behavior, slowdowns and construction that contribute more to the overall problem. The Mont Co 495 (Legion Bridge to College Park) is hilly, has a major distraction (Mormon Temple), curvy, built-in choke points and has more exits/per road mile compared to the PG Co side of 495/95 where it's relatively flat and straight from the WWII Bridge to College Park. I'm sure MDOT had it's reasons designing it that way 50+ yrs ago. If I were dictator of MD, I would use eminent domain and straighten it out.

Yes, I agree the HOT lane construction has reduced congestion on my VA/495 daily commute. I am content with that.
Most of what you just described is applicable to about every road in this area. You're exagerrating that stretch of beltway traffic though calling it a parking lot. I see alot of people doing that who don't drive the beltway, they just assume traffic is always terrible. It really depends what stretch of 495 you're talking about though, and I drive that stretch every day and can tell you it's really not that bad. The OP's main problem isn't going to be the beltway, it's going to be the rest of his/her commute(getting from home to beltway, getting from beltway to Columbia,MD).
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