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Old 02-05-2010, 03:31 PM
 
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This question has probably been asked in more ways than one. And has also probably been answered several thousands times. I spent some time digging through the archived posts, but didn't nessecarily get the answer I am looking for, so I decided to start a new post.

Here's my question. Which line and surrounding corridors are safest from downtown DC to either a) Montogomery county, MD or b) NOVA. Do not consider DC itself in your answer as I will not be renting there.

Thank you.

Note: I'm most interested in the Red Line from Shady Grove to Friendship Heights, as I might be interning near Tenleytown Metro. Is this section of MD safe?
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Old 02-05-2010, 07:29 PM
 
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The Red Line from Shady Grove to Tenleytown is great. Gets more suburban stop by stop as you go toward Shady Grove.

In Virginia, the coveted Orange Line from Rosslyn to Vienna is great.

Really though, it's hard to find a a really bad area in Montgomery County, Northern VA and most parts of NW DC.
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Red, Orange, and Blue. Take your pick. They're all safe. The West side of the Red is better than east (IMO), but either is fine.
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Old 02-06-2010, 08:16 AM
 
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The Red Line between Shady Grove and Friendship Heights is as safe as you can get on any transit system in this country. Plus that section is always very busy. Frankly the entire Metrorail system is safe (Metrobus is a different story, however). Even the lines that travel through "bad areas" like the Green Line south of L'Enfant or the Orange Line between Stadium-Armory and Landover, aren't really that dangerous to ride through.
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:13 PM
 
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Originally Posted by redfella View Post
This question has probably been asked in more ways than one. And has also probably been answered several thousands times. I spent some time digging through the archived posts, but didn't nessecarily get the answer I am looking for, so I decided to start a new post.

Here's my question. Which line and surrounding corridors are safest from downtown DC to either a) Montogomery county, MD or b) NOVA. Do not consider DC itself in your answer as I will not be renting there.

Thank you.

Note: I'm most interested in the Red Line from Shady Grove to Friendship Heights, as I might be interning near Tenleytown Metro. Is this section of MD safe?
You should explore these areas to see where you FEEL safe, because it seems clear from your question that objective measures of safety probably aren't what is driving your inquiry.
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Old 02-07-2010, 07:14 PM
 
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I live off the Red line, near Glenmont. I do find that this (Glenmont to Dc) leg of the red line is so-so.

Most of the time it's fine, other times I do not feel all that safe in some cars--there was one time when you could cut the tension with a knife--that only lessened after one particular young man got off. Rival gang members running into each other perhaps?

Last week, during off peak hours, there was one guy who looked crazy or on drugs who had his hard core porn collection spread over the seat next to him. LOL. (Not the first time I have run into someone off their meds on this section of the metro.) Was able to get a seat in the next car. I don't think others in the car noticed or pretended not to--it appeared he got on at Glenmont or was just riding the trains to be somewhere warm.

So, I have never been physically threatened, but have been uncomfortable on that particular side of the red line. The whole Shady Grove to DC section "feels" much safer to me, even off-peak.

And, yes, there are some "sketchy" feeling areas of Montgomery County--it's not all rainbows and unicorns here. It has taken me some time to get a feeling for what feels safe and unsafe for me--some places look run down, but are ok; other places look good, but feel unsafe when I actually start walking around.
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Old 02-07-2010, 08:50 PM
 
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I think the Green line is the safest. It's also the most diverse, which is a plus!
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Old 02-07-2010, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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All of them are safe.
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:23 AM
 
Location: DC/Brooklyn, NY/Miami, FL
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all of them are safe for the most part. once yo leave the station is when most problems happen.

but for the sake of the thread:
worst segments:

Green line (Anacostia to Branch Ave),
Orange Line (Minnesota Ave-New Carrollton)
Blue Line (Benning Road to Largo Town Center)

safest:

Orange Line (Court House to Vienna)
Red Line: (Dupont Circle to Shady Grove)
Blue Line: (King Street to Franconia-Springfield
Yellow Line: (Pentagon to Huntington)
Green Line: (College Park to Greenbelt)

everything else is so so
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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When a metro goes through the Capitol and Pentagon its pretty safe Blue line is extremely safe never had a problem and would not expect to have any.
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