PCS to the Pentagon. What are the public transportation options?
You are coming to work at the Pentagon...you've moved 6 times already so you know the ropes.
Rope #2 is often a combination of: " where shall I live so that I can get to work on time and still function"
OK.... the vehicular traffic in the Washington DC area IS exactly what you have heard.
If you want to drive no more than 15 minutes and be at your desk at 0700 then you need to live in Arlington no more than 3 miles from the desk.
That choice also gives you the easiest access to Washington DC for both work and entertainment options across the river.
Expect to pay a pricing premium for your new domicile since much of the world also wants to live in Arlington for the same reasons.
( the photo to the left is to remind you that Northern VA is not all concrete and steel)
If you need to travel frequently to Ft. Belvoir or Quantico Marine base, then you may want to consider living along the route 95 south and Route 1 corridors in Fairfax County VA or further south in Prince William County.
This does somewhat limit your Metrorail options on those days when you are only going to the Pentagon, but there are plenty of bus routes to choose from.
Prince William county offers the most affordable housing options among the close-in VA counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William....the definition of "close in" is extremely relative of course, especially if you've come from a base that was surrounded by nature, not people.
Also, the 95 South/Route 1 corridor (They run parallel) offers the most Pentagon car pooling options of any area plus SLUGGING.
If you would like to take Metrorail (our subway system) to work, you can have a relatively easy Washington commute since the Pentagon has its own stop.
Here is the map of the metro system: Metro to the Pentagon
For the early riser who wants to live WAY out in the most affordable areas of Virginia and still take public transportation, Virginia Railway Express runs in from Fredericksburg, south of Quantico Marine base and also runs in from the west from Manassas. Here is the rail site: VA Railway Express once inside, click on "Service Information" along the top bar, then choose "System map" from the drop down box.
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