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.

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$200,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
968
SQFT
The Knolls At N #900-F
12200 Peach Crest Drive 900-F
Germantown, MD 20874
New Listing - a week online
$200,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,505
SQFT
11234 Oak Leaf Drive 76 #76
Silver Spring, MD 20901
BURNT MILLS TOWNHOUSES Subdivision
$200,000
Commercial For Sale
Active
MONTGOMERY-MD
COUNTY
4 Professional Drive 127 #127
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
MONTGOMERY PROFESSIONAL Subdivision
Price Change - yesterday
$204,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
838
SQFT
26911 Clarksburg Road
Damascus, MD 20872
DAMASCUS OUTSIDE Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$204,900
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,062
SQFT
Farmingdale Codm #24-301
18131 Chalet Drive 24-301
Germantown, MD 20874
New Listing - 18 hours online
$204,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
893
SQFT
10401 Grosvenor Place 217 #217
Rockville, MD 20852
GROSVENOR PARK Subdivision
$205,000
Commercial For Sale
Active
MONTGOMERY-MD
COUNTY
Jackson Place So #A-1B
932 Hungerford Drive A-1b
Rockville, MD 20850
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$205,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
767
SQFT
Ashmore @ Germantown #202
19623 Galway Bay Circle 202
Germantown, MD 20874
$208,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,195
SQFT
Fairways North C #124
3310 N Leisure World Boulevard 124
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$209,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,117
SQFT
5225 Pooks Hill Road 210s #210S
Bethesda, MD 20814
THE PROMENADE TOWERS Subdivision
$209,900
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,115
SQFT
Fairways North C #917
3310 N Leisure World Boulevard 917
Silver Spring, MD 20906
$209,900
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
496
SQFT
721 Erie Avenue 5 #5
Takoma Park, MD 20912
TAKOMA PARK/MONTG COUNTY Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$209,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,115
SQFT
Greens At Leisur #3-201
15115 Interlachen Drive 3-201
Silver Spring, MD 20906
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$209,900
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
895
SQFT
3221 W University Boulevard T-1 #T-1
Kensington, MD 20895
MONTGOMERY CENTURY Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$209,999
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,062
SQFT
Farmingdale Codm #15-204
18040 Chalet Drive 15-204
Germantown, MD 20874
$210,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,244
SQFT
Turnberry Courts #101
3005 S Leisure World Boulevard 101
Silver Spring, MD 20906
$210,000
Penthouse Unit/Flat/Apartment For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,066
SQFT
23242 Brewers Tavern Way
Clarksburg, MD 20871
HIGHLANDS AT CLARKSBURG Subdivision
$210,000
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,120
SQFT
15101 Interlachen Drive 1-222 #1-222
Silver Spring, MD 20906
GREENS AT LEISURE WORLD Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$210,000
Condo For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,049
SQFT
Farmingdale Codm #15-101
18040 Chalet Drive 15-101
Germantown, MD 20874
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$210,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,053
SQFT
12 Monroe Street 102 #102
Rockville, MD 20850
AMERICANA CENTRE Subdivision

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