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Old 06-07-2010, 12:00 AM
 
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possibly moving from LA (santa monica).

I used to live in NOVA - 6th, 7th and 8th grade... many moons ago.

now moving back with my wife and two kids (2,10). wife will be working in DC and I'll be working from home.

I'm looking to see what are the current commute times (realistically) during weekly rush hour to and from the following areas - for my wife (To DC) - by car:

wife is a little concerned about the safety of the Metro.

I got some drive times from Google Maps but they seem unrealistic.

Arlington
Alexandria
Burke
Fall Church
Vienna
Reston


Also - are areas better than others for youth Soccer (10 year old Girl)? Here in LA she's an AYSO All Star and Club player.

thanks!!

Samo Dom
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Old 06-07-2010, 03:12 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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possibly moving from LA (santa monica).

I used to live in NOVA - 6th, 7th and 8th grade... many moons ago.

now moving back with my wife and two kids (2,10). wife will be working in DC and I'll be working from home.

I'm looking to see what are the current commute times (realistically) during weekly rush hour to and from the following areas - for my wife (To DC) - by car:

wife is a little concerned about the safety of the Metro.

I got some drive times from Google Maps but they seem unrealistic.

Arlington
Alexandria
Burke
Fall Church
Vienna
Reston


Also - are areas better than others for youth Soccer (10 year old Girl)? Here in LA she's an AYSO All Star and Club player.

thanks!!

Samo Dom
Obviously the shorter commute times are from Alexandria or Arlington since they are closer to DC. I would still count on 20-30 minutes even from here during rush hour. From the others 45-60 can be expected depending or weather and such. As far as soccer there is no shortage of leagues here for both girls and boys.
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Old 06-07-2010, 04:54 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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I commute daily from Reston to the Ronald Reagan Building (14th and Pennsylvania). I have a rider to be able to use I-66 (HOV only during rush hour) and make the drive in 40 to 50 minutes most days aiming to arrive at 8:30 am. Not having the rider would add 20 to 30 minutes to the morning commute and 15 to 20 minutes to the evening commute. The other option from Reston is the Fairfax Connector Buses that feed into METRO at West Falls Church; that option would take 70 to 90 minutes depending on Reston & DC locations.
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Old 06-07-2010, 05:12 AM
 
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The exact destination in DC will affect the commute time -- there is a big difference between getting to the State Department, Capitol Hill, or the K Street corridor.
Also, the commute times from the various communities you mentioned will vary depending upon how far you are from the major routes.
But, in general, unless you live in Arlington right off the GW Parkway, or you have access to an HOV lane like JfromReston, you can count on a car commute of at least 40 minutes from even the most close-in location on your list. Most will be longer, and evenings are usually longer than mornings. Arlington and Alexandria will have the shortest commutes, followed by Falls Church. Burke, Vienna, and Reston will take the longest.

FWIW, the Metro is extremely safe.
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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The Orange line that services the Fairfax county area is extremly safe and a great deal of commuters are police, agents and military. I don't hesitate to take the family on the metro line.
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Our daughter plays in the Vienna Youth Soccer League and loves it.

Here's a link Vienna Youth Soccer :: powered by Demosphere
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:04 AM
 
Location: TX
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as others have said the Metro is EXTREMELY safe. Majortiy of the riders are federal employees, militiary, Dept of defense etc...
No reason for her to drive into DC. We took the family MANY times, never had an issue.

Soccer yes there are many rec level teams in every city and county. There are also may club teams and travel select teams.

Good luck
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:53 AM
 
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Metro is very, very safe. My teenagers ride with their friends and I don't give it a thought.

We live in Burke and absolutely love it! My husband takes the VRE into D.C. every day. There is a station right across the street from our subdivision. He just walks across the street and gets on the train. No driving or parking hassles at all. It's one of the reasons we chose this neighborhood. While Metro is good...the VRE is excellent!

Drive time from Burke to D.C. totally depends on the time of day you commute, the weather, and whether or not you can use HOV. Once in a while my husband will need to drive in. If he leaves early and the weather is decent, he can get from our house in Burke to his office in D.C. in about 40 minutes. In traffic and bad weather it can easily be an hour or more. VRE is really the best way to get into D.C. from Burke. On the VRE the commute from Rolling Road Station in Burke to Union Station is about 30-40 minutes. But it's a relaxing 30-40 minutes!

Tons of soccer in Burke and in neighboring Springfield. Braddock Road Youth Club has a soccer program. BRYCsoccer.org .

Good Luck!
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Springfield Youth Club :: powered by Demosphere
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