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Old 11-02-2011, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Canada
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I am deciding whether or not to rent an apartment in downtown Silver Spring despite my job being closer to Twinbrook Station. How reliable is the bus service out of Silver Spring? Is it something I can count on to get me to work on time?

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Old 11-02-2011, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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How reliable is the bus service out of Silver Spring? Is it something I can count on to get me to work on time?
I mapped out a route with the WMATA trip planner, and you would probably be OK if you only make one transfer. (They have you ride the train to Wheaton or Glenmont, and catch a C4 or 26 bus.) The buses are held to a schedule, and the drivers try to stick to it, but it can get interferred with by accidents and bad weather. The major problem with the trip is that it is going out of the city in the AM, and the C4 buses are 20 minutes apart, and the Ride-on 26 bus is 30 minutes apart. So if you miss one, how bad of an impression would it make on your job?

I suggest you use the trip planner with your proposed apartment, and see how tolerable you find the commute. BTW, the Twinbrook area is not very pedestrian friendly as you can see from the Google view. If it were my choice, I would find an apartment along the bus route, like along Viers Mill Road.

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Old 11-10-2011, 01:45 PM
 
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I mapped out a route with the WMATA trip planner, and you would probably be OK if you only make one transfer. (They have you ride the train to Wheaton or Glenmont, and catch a C4 or 26 bus.) The buses are held to a schedule, and the drivers try to stick to it, but it can get interferred with by accidents and bad weather. The major problem with the trip is that it is going out of the city in the AM, and the C4 buses are 20 minutes apart, and the Ride-on 26 bus is 30 minutes apart. So if you miss one, how bad of an impression would it make on your job?

I suggest you use the trip planner with your proposed apartment, and see how tolerable you find the commute. BTW, the Twinbrook area is not very pedestrian friendly as you can see from the Google view. If it were my choice, I would find an apartment along the bus route, like along Viers Mill Road.
Be sure to note the hours the bus(es) run, if there's any chance you'll sometimes work early/stay late. I lived a mile from the Glenmont Metro station for a while, and if I didn't want to talk would rely on a Montgomery Ride-On bus, but some lines are aimed at commuters and the buses may not run very often late at night or on weekends. Remember what it'll be like changing buses at an open-air bus stop during snow, thunderstorm, etc.

On the plus side, "downtown" SS (it's not actually a town, but an unincorporated part of Montgomery County, so technically it may not be considered a downtown) is increasingly active, with restaurants, clubs, shops, etc. I lived in a townhouse on East-West Highway west of the SS Metro station before buying a house out near Glenmont.
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Old 11-11-2011, 05:34 AM
 
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There's quite a few routes from SS area over to the Rockville side. Some are Metrobus and some are Ride-On buses. In my experience they are very reliable. Montgomery County is well served with bus routes (except that they stop running too early on some routes). The trip planner is pretty good, but sometimes there are quicker options than the results it gives. For example, we can cut 30 minutes off of our long commute by walking a few blocks over to a different route rather than using the closest stop. Study the routes and maps and see if you can find something like that. With all of the route options you will have there is bound to be something.

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