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Commuting & Getting Around

Making the choice between house type and size versus the distance to work is a fundamental homebuying decision.  The Terwilliger Housing + Transportation Calculator allows you to compare the housing cost vs commute cost for several property and area locations. You can edit all of the fields in the calculator; hover over the field, then click Edit where it appears. The Information link will give you an explanation and further instructions. This calculator is presented by the Urban Land Institute, a land-use policy think-tank for the DC Metro area.

Do you want to see how many places you can walk to from your new prospective home? Check the Walkability Index on WalkScore to see a map of all of the amenities, shops, and services within a measured distance from any address.

Like many other metropolitan areas, the Suburban Maryland/DC Metro area struggles with traffic congestion.  Many times, the commute is the number one or two factor in deciding where to purchase a home.  In addition to the obvious choice of driving to work every day on the Beltway, I -95,  I -270, the GW Parkway or Rt. 29, there are other commuter options you should consider.

There is a MetroRail system on par with subway systems you will find in other major cities with a stations throughout the city and the suburbs including Bethesda and North Bethesda stations at Twinbrook, White Flint, Grosvenor-Strathmore, Medical Center, and downtown Bethesda.  There is also a MetroBus system that serves the greater DC area, and some smaller local bus services like the Bethesda Circulator, which is free.  Montgomery County's Ride-On system is extensive. In Virginia there is ART in Arlington, George in Falls Church City, DASH in Alexandria, and the Fairfax Connector and the CUE Bus system which serves George Mason University and the Vienna Metro Station.  It's easy to get around the area with numerous public transportation options. Most of these public systems will use the SmartTrip farecard, making transfers simple and seamless.

There is commuter train service through the MARC Train which connects many communities in Maryland and West Virginia to downtown DC.  The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) also connects outlying Virginia suburbs to work destinations in the city.

The area also has several different ridesharing programs, many of them targeted at employees of large government agencies downtown or personnel at the Pentagon.

Amtrak trains are easily accessed through Union Station in DC, at the Rockville Metro station in Montgomery County, at Penn Station in Baltimore and also at New Carrollton, MD and in Alexandria, VA.  There are Greyhound Bus Terminals throughout the Metro area including one in Silver Spring. Do you want to take an inexpensive, yet luxurious trip to New York City? Take the Vamoose bus from Bethesda.

Suburban Maryland has 3 airports close by that offer a wide range of choice for air travel: Reagan National Airport (DCA) in DC, and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) in Baltimore, and Dulles Airport (IAD) in western Fairfax County.  There are also smaller regional airports for private aircraft throughout the Maryland area.

Biking and walking are also commuter options, and more companies are allowing telecommuting as an option as well.  So consider asking your employer about that possibility.

When considering where to begin looking for your next home, consider all the commuter options that may be available to you.  If you have any questions or need guidance, I am only a phone call or email away.

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