PCS to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda: Commuting Options - Where is the best area to buy or rent?
The base realignment of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the former National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, MD came with some big parking woes. Only about 25% of all troops and civilians working at WRNMMC have a parking pass to park on base.
Base housing is non-existent and Bethesda itself is a pricey Real Estate Market which the majority cannot afford. When the new parking policy was first implemented not many options were available. The best advice was, and still is, to find housing close to the Metro's Red Line since it stops across the street from WRNMMC/NSA Bethesda.
The Red Line loops all the way from Shady Grove in Rockville through Washington DC and up north through Silver Spring and Wheaton, it's last stop being Glenmont. A trip from Silver Spring to WRNMMC on the Red Line can take about an hour, not the shortest commute.
However, WRNMMC has added a commuter shuttle bus from the Downtown Silver Spring Metro Station to the base which only takes about 15 minutes. That makes Silver Spring, MD a great choice (again) for anybody PCS'ing to the area or already stationed here and looking to ease their commute. Commuter buses to the Red Line operate throughout the city, however, the residential areas along Georgia Ave are also in close proximity to several Metro Stations.
Silver Spring, MD has a lot to offer and is a great place to call home. It was a popular choice for troops before BRAC. The shuttle bus from Downtown to the base ensures that it will continue to be a great option. The Silver Spring Metro Shuttle operates from 5.30 AM until 6.30 PM daily and stops in front of the America Building.
I've helped many military families relocate to the area and buy or rent their new home in Montgomery County in general, Silver Spring and along Georgia Ave specifically. As a military spouse I not only understand the process, I've been there and done it myself.
If you have just received PCS orders to WRNMMC, I'd be happy to help you find your new home, too!