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Old 04-27-2009, 08:06 PM
 
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Hello we are considering moving fairfax close to vienna metro almost finalized, how bad is the commute from around vienna metro to Bethesda? I drove once from Bethesda to Vienna metro and it was crazy took about an hour is it always like this ? are there any less congested roads apart from 66 to get onto 495
My timings are flexible leave after 9:00 am and back after 6:30

Please let me know
Thanks
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:10 PM
 
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Why would you put yourself through that everyday? Why not live in Bethesda? Off peak, and depending where in Bethesda, you should be able to do it in 40 minutes.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:30 AM
 
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Well 40 minutes should not be bad, is 495 always backed up in the evenings?

Couple of reasons I do not want to move to Bethesda is its way too expensive (buying) and wife works in DC so she will be able to use the metro if around Vienna.
Apart from Bethesda not really a big fan of rockville and not really interested in germantown or gaithersburg, As we have lived in NOVA for past few years just used to things here I guess so no intend on moving to MD for now

I guess if we eventually move close to Vienna and if it takes me over 45 minutes to Bethesda every other day then would just ride the metro for a good hour and not worry about getting frustrated by the traffic
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:33 PM
 
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Evenings are almost always worse than mornings for the commute from Maryland back to Virginia. My husband did it for many years, but he was able to bail out right after the bridge, on the GW Parkway. The traffic seems to pile up as you approach the Tyson's area, especially with the recent construction mess.
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Old 04-28-2009, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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The traffic seems to pile up as you approach the Tyson's area, especially with the recent construction mess.
That's a good thing to keep in mind. HOT lane construction on 495 and the Metro construction are going to add extra nastiness to that area for years.
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Old 05-13-2009, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly NoVA and Phila
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I commuted from Vienna to Rockville for several years. It's not great, but it's not the worst either. Traffic is generally worse in the other direction. And agreed it's worse in the afternoon than in the morning. Typically, it took me 45 minutes to get to work and maybe 45 minutes to an hour to get home. On particularly bad afternoons, it would take an hour 15 minutes - rarely more than that. Off peak I could make it there in 35 minutes (leaving after 10 am). If you can bail on River Road, it's really not that far up the Beltway and you don't have the I-270 spur to contend with.
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