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Old 04-21-2009, 07:41 PM
 
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I am considering a private school for my child. The school is in Reston. How long would the commute be from Annandale (Braddock and 495) to Reston and then to Ballston each day during the morning rush?
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Old 04-21-2009, 07:51 PM
 
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It would be long and unpleasant. From Braddock Road to the Dulles Toll Road the Beltway is under construction, with fewer and narrower lanes than usual. Then you have to turn around and join the hordes inbound on the Toll Road and work your way into Ballston. I think you're looking at a commute of at least an hour, and probably more.
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Old 04-21-2009, 07:55 PM
 
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It would be long and unpleasant. From Braddock Road to the Dulles Toll Road the Beltway is under construction, with fewer and narrower lanes than usual. Then you have to turn around and join the hordes inbound on the Toll Road and work your way into Ballston. I think you're looking at a commute of at least an hour, and probably more.
Thanks for your reply. An hour-long (+) commute was my fear.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:12 PM
 
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I am considering a private school for my child. The school is in Reston. How long would the commute be from Annandale (Braddock and 495) to Reston and then to Ballston each day during the morning rush?
I agree, it would probably be about an hour commute, and more in difficult weather or traffic circumstances. I live in Reston and used to work off Edsall Road at the junction of 395 and the Beltway -- that commute took about a half an hour. I currently work in Ballston and that's about a half hour too (not to mention that you would be impacted by the HOV restrictions heading from Reston to Ballston in the morning and back in the afternoon).
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:33 PM
 
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That commute would be really bad. Just one of those commutes would be bad, but driving from Annandale to Reston and THEN to Ballston would be a nightmare everyday. It would be way over an hour to drive that route.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:35 PM
 
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That sounds very bad. Is there another school closer by that you would consider?
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:11 PM
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That is a really nasty commute and I'd say it'd be 1.5 hours +.

Getting on 495N from Braddock means a parking lot all the way until 66 - I get on in the mornings from Arlington Blvd, and it takes 20-25 minutes from that point to get to the toll road exit, so from Braddock it'd probably be 40 minutes. The toll road to Reston would be a cruise, probably only 10 minutes, but then from Reston back to Ballston might take well over an hour judging from how slowly traffic eastbound on the tollroad looks in the mornings. (Unless, of course, you cheat and loop around at the airport and take the traffic-free airport access road all the way into Arlington :-p.)
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:05 PM
 
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In Annandale, you have the top high school in the US, and the top school for mentally disabled persons in the area (The Phillips Schools). Some folks are hard to please.
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Old 04-22-2009, 05:30 AM
 
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The top high school in the US is open only to students who are selected after an extremely competitive admissions process.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:43 AM
 
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In Annandale, you have the top high school in the US, and the top school for mentally disabled persons in the area (The Phillips Schools). Some folks are hard to please.
TJ will not work for my rising-3rd grader.
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