7 tips for commuting to work (in Fairfax County, VA)

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A few months ago, Alison and James were moving her family from Japan (Tokyo) to the Washington, DC area.   They chose schools in the Fairfax County Public School district for their kids, and even narrowed down their search to a couple of neighborhoods that belonged inside their desired school boundaries.  
Once Alison and James short-listed their favorite neighborhoods, they wanted to know how they would get to work.

So, I presented Alison and James with the following 7 commuting options (starting with riding the Metro into Washington, DC):

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1. Ride the Metro

Metro is the subway system that connects DC with its suburbs.  
  • The yellow line connects the southern part of DC with the South-East part of Fairfax County (Alexandria, VA).
  • The blue line connects Washington, D.C. with Springfield, VA (more toward the South of Fairfax County)
  • The orange line connects downtown DC with Vienna, Virginia (right around the center of Fairfax County).   
  • The new "Silver" line will connect Tysons Corner (just north of Vienna, Virginia) and, eventually, the Dulles Airport (the western part of Fairfax County, VA) with Washington, DC via rail.

As you can see, the Metro reaches far into Fairfax County, but the County is very large, and sometimes riding the a bus is a better choice.

2. Ride the bus  

Metrobus, Fairfax Connector, Fairfax Cue, etc., etc.: There are plenty of bus options in Fairfax County.  One way to plan the best route is to use the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's (WMATA) Trip Planner.  WMATA's trip planner can also include Metro rail as an option for part or all of the trip.

And speaking of rail options, there is an alternative rail in Virginia to get to downtown Washington: the Virginia Railway Express (VRE)

3. Ride the VRE

The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is another way to commuting by rail to and from Washington, D.C.. The VRE has two lines:
  • The Fredericksburg line leaves from Union Station and links the southern part of Fairfax County all the way to Lorton,VA going through Springfield, VA (still within Fairfax County, VA).  This line continues south to Fredericksburg, VA (not in Fairfax County).
  • The Manassas line also leaves from Union Station, and it links some of the western parts of Fairfax County (Burke, VA and Springfield,VA); and it continues west toward Manassas, VA (outside of Fairfax County - in Prince William County, VA).

If rail and bus aren't the best options for commuting, there are other good options such as:

4. Driving a car
5. Carpooling (including "slugging")
6. Biking to work, and
7. Mix n' match

As you can see, there are plenty of options for getting to work when you live in Fairfax County, VA.

Next Step

Click on The 7 tips on transportation (from Fairfax County to DC) for an extended explanation of the last 4 tips for commuting - plus, you can download a FREE PDF of the 7 Tips on Transportation (from Fairfax County, VA to Washington, DC) WITH links to external resources about each of the tips mentioned.

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Michael Kitsch
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We always only think about the car, but there ARE other ideas.  So, why try them out?  Have a great week!

Jul 11, 2011 12:24 PM #1
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