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.

Price Change - a week ago
$200,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
103
SQFT
10283 Ridgeline Drive
Montgomery Village, MD 20886
CLUBSIDE Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$200,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,421
SQFT
Hyde Park #133
419 Christopher Avenue 133
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Price Change - 3 days ago
$200,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
783
SQFT
Grosvenor Park #1525
10201 Grosvenor Place 1525
Rockville, MD 20852
Open House 11/18 at 1PM
$203,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
709
SQFT
The Takoma #403
111 Lee Avenue 403
Takoma Park, MD 20912
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$203,500
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,286
SQFT
Newport Est Sec #143
44 Benji Court 143
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
$204,999
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
902
SQFT
Takoma Overlook #715
7333 New Hampshire Avenue 715
Takoma Park, MD 20912
$205,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
981
SQFT
Promenade #823N
5225 Pooks Hill Road 823n
Bethesda, MD 20814
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$205,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,115
SQFT
The Greens At Leisure World #2-508
15107 Interlachen Drive 2-508
Silver Spring, MD 20906
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$205,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,320
SQFT
18379 Timko Lane 86 #86
Germantown, MD 20874
HERITAGE GATE Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$205,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,195
SQFT
3310 N Leisure World Boulevard 6-511 #6-511
Silver Spring, MD 20906
FAIRWAYS NORTH AT LEISURE WORLD Subdivision
$205,000
Commercial For Sale
Active
MONTGOMERY-MD
COUNTY
Crown Pointe Ii #240
610 Professional Drive 240
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
$206,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
TOTAL BATHS
454
SQFT
Willoughby Of Ch #1002N
5500 Friendship Boulevard 1002n
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
$209,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,231
SQFT
Americana Centre #310
118 Monroe Street 310
Rockville, MD 20850
$209,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,385
SQFT
Maryland Mutual #11 Inc. #242D
3148 Adderley Court 242d
Silver Spring, MD 20906
New Listing - 4 days online
$209,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
900
SQFT
4248 Crosswood Drive
Burtonsville, MD 20866
SADDLE CREEK Subdivision
$209,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
940
SQFT
Flower Oak Condominium #302
8308 Flower Avenue 302
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$209,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
912
SQFT
Grosevnor Park Ii #223
10500 Rockville Pike 223
Rockville, MD 20852
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$209,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
940
SQFT
Sierra Landing C #201
11512 Bucknell Drive 201
Silver Spring, MD 20902
$209,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,299
SQFT
Waters House Cod #9-143
13114 Shadyside Lane 9-143
Germantown, MD 20874
Price Change - 6 days ago
$209,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,036
SQFT
Bethesda Park #16/#228
12202 Braxfield Court 16/#228
Rockville, MD 20852

 

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