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If you are a resident you know the term "rush hour" is an oxymoron. If you are relocating to the area you must have heard the National Capital Area is in the elite group of "Lousy Commuting Time Cities". Don't plan an escape across the Potomac - according to local traffic reports Suburban Maryland has a similar problem - no worse, but probably no better.
However, there are options that make it more palatable if Prince William County is an area you are considering calling home.
A Ford two seater will work just fine if you are driving on I-66 - it is HOV-2 during posted rush hour times.Try a two person carpool on I-95 and you may be delayed by a chit chat with one of our state troopers because I-95 is HOV-3.
It would be wiser and cheaper to leave that classic home and join a VANPOOL
Manassas Line in the western side of the county and the Fredericksburg Line at the eastern side of the county
Manassas Line trains stop in Alexandria for transfer to METRORAIL while Fredericksburg Line trains stop at Franconia-Springfield to accommodate those passengers who require subway system service.
VRE trains make connections with the local bus systems of the City of Alexandria as well as Fairfax and Arlington Counties. See VRE CONNECTIONS
There is no question theoption at the right is one of the most affordable and viable. It is called SLUGGING. It is a highly sophisticated version of "hitching a ride" and the website above will explain it far better than I could. Over the years, I have had numerous clients and friends shudder at the thought until they tried it. My husband picked up slugs for years as he commuted to his northern office.
The helicopter at the left is the "only way" to commute in the National Capital Area with no stress. It operates between MCB Quantico, the White House, Andrews AFB and other area locations. Unfortunately, it is not available to "regular people"
Is there a reliable answer to how long a commute will take from any specific location? The answer is yes only if the information is less than a few months old. My husband will be the first to tell you that in the 16 years he commuted to his Northern Virginia office commuting times and patterns changed fairly frequently. Whenever a new subdivision opened or a road improvement started all prior times were obsolete. He never comments on "what was".
We regularly question friends and clients as to their current commuting pattern and commuting time. I can only give you a best estimate coupled with bus and rail timetables. It is not at all unusual for our clients to "test the water" and try the commute time before they make an offer.
If you are considering relocating to and purchasing a home in Northern Virginia contact Karen and Art by Email or call us at 703-562-1532. Put our record of customer service, real estate experience and state-of-the-art technology to work for you in Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Stafford County or the entire Northern Virginia Area.
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