Commuting Tips

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One of the major considerations when buying a home in Montgomery County MD is the commute – whether you are going into downtown DC, across Montgomery County or over the river to Virginia. As you determine your relocation priorities, your new home’s location will play a huge role in how long it will take you to get to work.Commuting to Washington DC

Historically, Washington, D.C. was Montgomery County’s main commuting destination, since the majority of the federal government is located there. Over the years the Maryland and Virginia suburbs have evolved, though, and employment is now dispersed throughout the area. Employees commute from as far away as Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia into the Washington metropolitan area.

Some people choose to do a reverse commute. For example, you could live in D.C. and commute out to Montgomery County. Many people live and work in Montgomery County, so knowing the ‘road less traveled’ helps with your commuting time. And regardless of where they work, many people choose to live “further out” from D.C. because home prices are lower.

BY CAR

Montgomery County MD home owners must keep in mind the much-talked-about RUSH HOUR! It is a fact that during the morning hours between 7:00 and 9:00 and evenings between 4:00 and 6:00 traffic moves at a crawl on certain parts of Interstate 495 (the “Beltway”) and I-270. It is a reality we begrudgingly have to deal with. But we have choices!

If you prefer to commute in the comfort of your very own vehicle you will most likely have routing options. The 64 miles of the Beltway run through Maryland and Virginia to encircle D.C. Property values inside the Beltway are higher by virtue of being closer to the city. Major routes from the Maryland side of the Beltway include Wisconsin Avenue (Rte. 355), Connecticut Avenue (Rte. 185) and Georgia Avenue (Rte. 97).

In Montgomery County’s central corridor, I-270 is the main commuting route to the Beltway. Serving Bethesda, Potomac, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Germantown, and Clarksburg, this eight-lane highway carries heavy commuter traffic. High-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes for two passengers or more are marked for those who car- or vanpool during peak hours.

From western Montgomery County, Route 28 (Darnestown Rd.) brings you into North Potomac, where you can get onto I-270 or alternatively take River Road directly into Washington.

From eastern Montgomery County, including Olney and Silver Spring, the highly traveled Georgia Avenue (Rt. 97) can take you into the city, onto the Beltway, or to many of the other main roadways.

Maryland is in the process of building the much anticipated ICC (Inter-County Connector), to be known as MD 200. The ICC will be an 18-mile toll highway connecting I-270 in Montgomery to I-95 in Prince George’s County. It is intended to lighten the load of commuter traffic on the Beltway. Major employers, e.g. USDA and the University of Maryland, are located in Prince Georges County.

Washington DC Metro Subway

Metro Subway

BY BUS OR TRAIN

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) operates both Metro train and bus service throughout the area. The Metro rail system has 86 stations, 42 of which offer hourly and daily rates for parking. At 35 of these, riders can purchase permits to park in reserved spaces. Parking is free on weekends and holidays. Montgomery County maintains additional Park-N-Ride lots near Metro stations and bus routes. Free bike racks and pay bike lockers are also available at Metro stations. Some neighborhoods, such as King Farm in Rockville, provide shuttle bus service to the nearest Metro stop.

Montgomery County also has its own Ride On bus service, with 80 routes running throughout the county. Other parts of the Washington metropolitan area offer additional commuter bus choices: The Bus, in Prince Georges County; ART in Arlington County, VA; and Fairfax Connector in Fairfax County.

You might also take the MARC (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) commuter train, with stops at Union Station in D.C., Penn Station in Baltimore, BWI airport, and New Carrollton, MD, among others. Comparable are the VRE trains running throughout Northern Virginia.


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OTHER COMMUTING OPTIONS

Ride-sharing programs such as van- and carpools have been a great help to some people. Visit the D.C. area’s ERideShare to find others looking for a carpool in your area. Check with your employer about participating in WMATA’s tax-saving “Smart Benefits Program”, which can be beneficial for both parties. Also, check into the “Guaranteed Ride Home” program, which offers regular carpoolers and transit riders a free taxi ride home in case of emergency.

Have you heard of “car sharing”? Members pay an annual fee for the ease and flexibility of not having to own a car (and all of the expenses that come with car ownership) while at the same time having a car at their disposal. The hourly and daily rates for vehicle use cover insurance, gas, and a guaranteed parking spot. Almost all Metro rail stations have shared cars available through ZipCar.

If you are a bicyclist, check with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association for safe routes and lots of other useful information. There is also a C&O Canal bicycling guide.

Visit the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Commuter Connections page for more information.

Search the Multiple Listing Service for Montgomery County, MD Homes for Sale – Click on the map to refine your search according to your needs. You can register to get alerts, save favorites, make property notes and save your searches.  Email The Myers Team at bobmyersteam@gmail.com for a list of Coming Soon properties, which are not included here.

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$200,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,222
SQFT
Kenmanor #202
3355 University Boulevard
Kensington, MD 20895
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$200,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
19955 Drexel Hill Circle
Montgomery Village, MD 20886
ROGERS FORGE Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$204,500
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,196
SQFT
South Shore Harb #7-B
20412 Shore Harbour Drive
Germantown, MD 20874
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$204,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
928
SQFT
Riverstone Codm #2-C
13113 Millhaven Place
Germantown, MD 20874
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$205,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,356
SQFT
3956 Chesterwood Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20906
MONTGOMERY CHASE CODM Subdivision
New Listing - 13 hours online
$205,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
TOTAL BATHS
511
SQFT
Willoughby Of Ch #1115N
5500 Friendship Boulevard
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
$205,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
943
SQFT
Wintergate At Lo #8-13
2700 Snowbird Terrace
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$205,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
TOTAL BATHS
454
SQFT
Willoughby Of Ch #2002N
5500 Friendship Boulevard
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
$205,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,036
SQFT
Washington Tower #507
9701 Fields Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
$205,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
922
SQFT
Longmead Crossin #4AD
14913 Cleese Court
Silver Spring, MD 20906
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$208,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
950
SQFT
Wintergate At Lo #7-28
2715 Snowbird Terrace
Silver Spring, MD 20906
$208,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,111
SQFT
Churchill View C #6-G
12914 Churchill Ridge Circle
Germantown, MD 20874
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$209,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
933
SQFT
Wintergate At Lo #11-5
14104 Valleyfield Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20906
$209,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
912
SQFT
Grosvenor Park Iii #208
10401 Grosvenor Place
Rockville, MD 20852
$209,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,117
SQFT
Promenade Towers Coop #710N
5225 Pooks Hill Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$210,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,273
SQFT
Breckenridge Cod #303-241
9720 Leatherfern Terrace
Gaithersburg, MD 20886
New Listing - 13 hours online
$210,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,148
SQFT
11442 Stoney Point Place
Germantown, MD 20876
BRANDERMILL Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$210,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
877
SQFT
The Forum #1010
11801 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, MD 20852
$210,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,231
SQFT
Americana Centre Condo Assoc #1010
118 Monroe Street
Rockville, MD 20850
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$210,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
922
SQFT
Longmead Crossin #7BF
14903 Mc Kisson Court
Silver Spring, MD 20906

 

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