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Old 07-06-2009, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Denver--->Atlanta--->DC
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Ok so I'm still trying to figure out how long my new (and thankfull temporary) commute is going to take me and the one factor I'm not familiar with is when morning rush hour peaks around here? Is it the worst after 8? Or between 7 and 8? Or is it just generally awful from like 6-9? lol. Thanks everybody
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:10 PM
 
Location: NW Georgia
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What roads will you be traveling? Usually though it will last at least 6-9 if not longer. Some roads are worse than others. I've seen 66, which I use, be still backed up after 9 though. Sometimes you never know, and then if you have an accident it makes it much worse.
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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In the mornings when school is in session, the morning rust tends to get really bad (worse than it is) from about 7:30am-9am. That's because people are putting their kids on the bus, hopping in their cars and heading in. If you can go in early (before 6:30am), you will have a better commute.

I still can't figure out afternoons. Not that I'm complaining but there NEVER seems to be the volume of traffic in the afternoons than there is in the morning.
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly NoVA and Phila
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12:00 am - 11:59 PM! :-) Seriously, I think the earlier the better in the morning, but it may depend on where you are. I drive by I-66 at 9:00 - 9:30 AM and it is often still backed up by Nutley Street to the Beltway. You might have to find your best time, though, just driving your route a few times.
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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It definitely depends on specific roads but the morning rush on average is probably at its very worst (a relative term) from 730 to about 930. Traffic starts REALLY picking up though on many area roadways as early as 6 or 630 and heavy volumes will still be encountered past 10...especially heading into DC and around Tysons.

The evenings to me always seem to be worse but that might have something to do with roads I use on a regular basis, namely 66 and the Dulles Toll Road. I've also noticed the Beltway is considerably more congested heading back into Virginia in the evening than it is going into Maryland in the morning.

It is summer though so the commute times will be slightly improved with school out of session. I usually allow myself an extra 10 to 15 minutes once school starts back up after Labor Day.

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Old 07-07-2009, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Denver--->Atlanta--->DC
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Thanks guys! Just what I was looking for
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Old 07-07-2009, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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I commute into work at roughly 5:30 AM to 5:55 AM, and I never experience a problem on Route 7 between Reston and Tyson's. Traffic was a bit heavier when I went in from 6:30 AM to 6:55 AM, but it still was pretty smooth sailing. I think the evening rush-hours are generally much worse because the only people on the roads at 6-9 AM are those trying to get to work/school whereas from 3-6 PM EVERYONE is trying to get somewhere to do something, employed or not.
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