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Old 12-11-2009, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Fact: Traffic can be a royal PITA here. Second fact: We've had some good suggestions for specific traffic situations, but it's hard to find them using the search engine.

So..... maybe it's time to have an Official Alternate Route thread. One central place where you can post a difficult route and see if we can suggest a better way. Anyone have a route they'd like to see discussed?

For starters, here are some suggestions for getting from Arlington to Springfield:

Alternate route to Springfield

And here was a recent alternate route to avoid traffic jams on Rt. 7 Between Leesburg and Ashburn, as well as jams at the Leesburg Outlet Center.

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One way to avoid the Leesburg outlet mall traffic is by taking Battlefield Parkway and then cutting over to Rt. 15 on Edwards Ferry. Now, IMO, you might as well just take the 15 bypass because Edwards Ferry is a little hilly, which means it has a few slow spots. But on a heavy shopping days it's handy because you don't have to deal with stores.

If Rt. 7 is backed up, Riverside Parkway is an alternate route. I actually prefer taking Riverside Parkway but be careful about speeding because it's easy to get a ticket there.
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:57 AM
 
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OK, I'll get the ball rolling. We're taking a bus to NYC and the bus leaves from Rosslyn. What's the best way to get from Sterling to Rosslyn? The bus stop is in front of Cosi Cafe (one block from Rosslyn Metro). We were thinking of taking 66, but would Old Dominion Dr or GW parkway be a better way?
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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How about Metro Bus 5A
http://www.wmata.com/bus/timetables/dc/05a.pdf
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:17 AM
 
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Okay here's a tip for 95 South drivers (not such a big secret by any means). If 95 south is bad, get on the Fairfax County Parkway heading to Fairfax (very easy if you are in the HOV lanes). Follow this about 5 miles to the second Hooes Road exit. Take Hooes Road, cross Silverdale, and just keep on going until you hit Rt. 123. You will be in Occoquan before you know it! I do this often on Friday nights in the summer.
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I've done this, it works really well. BTW there are a few different busses that leave from Rosslyn. We like Vamoose. This bus is always clean, and we like the driving (no crazy driving).
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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On a related note, here are some threads with commute times.


Commute time, herndon-reston to DC
Commute time, alexandria-quantico
Commute time, great falls-dc-fairfax
Commute time, various locations
Commute time, manassas-ft-belvoir
Commute times to Fairfax Station
Commute time, vienna-rockville-bethesda
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Another commute time thread for Montclair to Ft. Belvoir: commute time, montclair-ft. belvoir

Last edited by Caladium; 12-11-2009 at 10:00 AM..
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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This thread discusses a variety of ways to get to Suitland, and also if it's smarter to 1) live in Arlington/N Alexandria and take 395 through DC to get to Suitland or 2) live in S Alexandria/Old Town and take 495.

Commutes to Suitland
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:59 AM
 
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Here's a thread with a really good alternative route from Alexandria to Jermantown Road (just off of 123N from I-66, basically the Fair Oaks area). I've tried this route, and it's pretty good.

Alternative route, Alexandria to Jermantown Road
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:51 AM
 
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This thread discusses a variety of routes from Alexandria to Reston

Commuting from alexandria to reston

Here's a thread about short cuts from Reston to South Riding and Brambleton

COmmuting from Reston to Brambleton/South Riding

This one discusses various ways to get from Vienna to the Pentagon

Commuting from Vienna to the Pentagon

Here's one about Woodbridge to Fort Belvoir Woodbridge to Fort Belvoir

And finally.... this thread discusses slug lines. If you're new to Nova, this may be the best alternate way to get to work of them all! New Slug Line-DC to Herndon
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