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.

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 - 4 weeks online
$200,000
Commercial For Sale
Active
MONTGOMERY-MD
COUNTY
12104 Heritage Park Circle
Silver Spring, MD 20906
HERITAGE PARK Subdivision
$200,000
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
760
SQFT
160 Talbott Street 204 #204
Rockville, MD 20852
WOODMONT SPRING Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$200,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,080
SQFT
9663 Brassie Way
Gaithersburg, MD 20886
THOMAS CHOICE WEST Subdivision
$200,000
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,180
SQFT
3844 Bel Pre Road 4-154 #4-154
Silver Spring, MD 20906
GRAND BEL MANOR Subdivision
New Listing - 8 hours online
$200,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
710
SQFT
2246 Washington Avenue W-104 #W-104
Silver Spring, MD 20910
ROCK CREEK GARDENS Subdivision
$200,000
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
930
SQFT
Overlook At Leis #1023
3100 N Leisure World Boulevard 1023
Silver Spring, MD 20906
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$200,000
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,060
SQFT
407 Christopher Avenue 51 #51
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
HYDE PARK Subdivision
Open House Sun, Dec 6, 1 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$205,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,033
SQFT
North Creek Villas Condominium #6
14442 Parkvale Road 6
Rockville, MD 20853
$205,000
Commercial For Sale
Active
MONTGOMERY-MD
COUNTY
Jackson Place So #1B
932 Hungerford Drive 1b
Rockville, MD 20850
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$207,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
731
SQFT
Parkside Codm #M-102
10508 Montrose Avenue M-102
Bethesda, MD 20814
$208,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
818
SQFT
10201 Grosvenor Place 1219 #1219
Rockville, MD 20852
GROSVENOR PARK Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$209,000
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,117
SQFT
5225 Pooks Hill Road 210s #210S
Bethesda, MD 20814
THE PROMENADE Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$209,900
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,076
SQFT
Farmingdale Codm #2-88
18213 Swiss Circle 2-88
Germantown, MD 20874
New Listing - a week online
$209,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,107
SQFT
Farmingdale Codm #14-302
18050 Chalet Drive 14-302
Germantown, MD 20874
$209,999
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,054
SQFT
Waters Edge Nort #H
12205 Saint Peter Court H
Germantown, MD 20874
$210,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
TOTAL BATHS
454
SQFT
Willoughby Of Ch #2002N
5500 Friendship Boulevard 2002n
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$210,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,075
SQFT
Ridgeview Codm #1000-H
25910 Ridge Manor Drive 1000-H
Damascus, MD 20872
New Listing - 2 days online
$210,000
Commercial For Sale
Active
MONTGOMERY-MD
COUNTY
Jackson Place So #D-25B
932 Hungerford Drive D-25b
Rockville, MD 20850
$210,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
787
SQFT
7420 Lakeview Drive W-105 #W-105
Bethesda, MD 20817
WEST SPRING Subdivision
Short Sale
$210,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,210
SQFT
15101 Interlachen Drive 1-112 #1-112
Silver Spring, MD 20906
THE GRNS AT LEISURE WRLD Subdivision

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