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Old 08-31-2009, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Huntersville/Charlotte, NC and Washington, DC
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I've just accepted an offer for a job on the Orange Line near the Ballston station. Which way would be the best and cheapest to get there from the Landmark Mall area? Drive, Bus, or Rail? My hours are 7:30-4.
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:46 PM
 
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Driving is definitely the shortest. I've left at the tail end of rush hour (8:45 or so) to get to Ballston and gotten there in 25 minutes. Rail from Van Dorn would be at least 45 minutes. Not sure about bus.

You can take George Mason Dr. from Seminary or King to avoid the traffic on 395.

As for cheapest, it depends on if you have a place to park or not. If you can get cheap parking, I would drive.
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Falls Church, VA
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I have no idea, but congratulations on your job. My husband works in Ballston, it's a nice place to work. I meet him down there for lunch whenever I can make up a good excuse!
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Old 08-31-2009, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Huntersville/Charlotte, NC and Washington, DC
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I have no idea, but congratulations on your job. My husband works in Ballston, it's a nice place to work. I meet him down there for lunch whenever I can make up a good excuse!
Thank you!!!! It looks like Ballston will be a major improvement over where i work on a part of Rt. 1 in Fairfax County. Any good resturants close-by for a guy who only has a 30 minute lunch break?
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:58 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County
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Any good resturants close-by for a guy who only has a 30 minute lunch break?
There's Chik-fil-a at the Ballston Mall.

But seriously -- congratulations! I work in the Ballston area and think it's a great area to work. My suggestion would be to find a Ballston/VA Square-based doctor, dentist, dry cleaner, etc., so you can run such errands before work or on your lunch break.
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Old 09-01-2009, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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When I lived in the Landmark Mall area, I'd take Beauregard (which becomes S Walter Reed) and make a left on Glebe to get to Ballston. Never tried it during rush hour, so caveat emptor. Congrats on the new job!
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Old 09-01-2009, 03:03 PM
 
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Congrats on the new gig in Ballston. Needless to say, I'm sure you will enjoy the change of pace there.
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Old 09-07-2009, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Huntersville/Charlotte, NC and Washington, DC
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I think I may have found a cheap way to Ballston. I would drive my car to NVCC-Alexandria and park in the street on Fillmore Ave (which is empty around 6:30 and 7 am) and catch the 25B bus at 7 which takes me to the Ballston Metro by 7:25. Is there any risk in this plan? I went to NVCC for three years and had no problems with parking as long as I didnt park in the No parking from here to corner area. Would a parking cop even care?
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Old 09-07-2009, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Denver--->Atlanta--->DC
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Definitely a no on taking the metro. There's also a Panera in the Ballston Common Mall. For more regular dining, Union Jack's is quite good. There's also a Noodles & Company: great food for cheap hailing from my hometown
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Old 09-07-2009, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County
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Many of the employers in the Ballston area have monthly parking plans. Might you be able to check to see if yours participates in one? (I find it is much easier having a car.)
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