I can't write without commas or read between the line parenthesis so we have a lot in common and welcome!
I along with many others commute to DC. I work downtown and have done this deal for 10 years now - 8 from WV and 2 from PA near Gettysburg.
I do not have children and do not see how people with children do the commute. They apparently have a LOT more patience and stamina than I do with night-time children's activities.
Anyway if your job is downtown DC (not in Silver Spring or Rockville or other northern suburb), I recommend Loudon county transit bus service - as an alternative to driving over the MARC. It takes the Metro Smart Card and costs $7.50 each way with the card. Cash is more - maybe $8.50?? but I am not sure. Buses leave from a lot at the North end of Purcellville, a lot south of Hamilton, VA and a big lot in Leesburg near the airport. They generally run about every 15 min or so. The most options are available at the Leesburg lot. Loudon County also has buses that go to Tysons Corner now, but not as many as to downtown DC - they route is: first stop by State Dept, then up 18th St., down I or K depending if it is morning or evening, down 14th to Independence, then over to Unions Station, and up to H and North Capitol St.
If you work in the northern suburbs, MARC is probably more convenient, but dirtier, slower, more frequently late than the bus and I think more expensive. Also if you take the MARC and work Downtown other than immediate by Union Station, you also then need to get a bus or Metro to K St. or wherever it is you work downtown which adds extra expense to the MARC ticket. Whereas, if you take the bus, if your work is anywhere downtown, you generally are dropped off by Loudon Co within a block or 2-3 to your workplace.
Moonshine - I think that is a up high and keep in mind what the roads will look like in the winter with a ton of snow or ice packed etc.
Have a job that does not mind your working from home during stormy weather or even from time to time regularly. Otherwise, the commute will burn you out in bad weather or faster in nice weather.
do a search on "orphan roads" on this website to get more information on that issue with respect to Shannondale Roads.
Hold off buying a house and buy mine in 2016
Last edited by KatherineA; 10-02-2012 at 03:44 PM.
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