Northern Virginia and the DC metro area is a fantastic place to live. With parks, free museums, historic sites, beautiful downtown areas and many high-quality school districts, it’s a great place to call home.
There’s one drawback: traffic.
In recent years, Washington, DC’s regional traffic has been named the worst in the nation by the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University.
Why do we mention this?
The time you spend commuting has a real impact on your quality of life. Unlike other areas of the country where traffic is less of a concern, your commute should be a real factor you consider when looking at homes in different Northern Virginia and Washington, DC neighborhoods.
Fortunately, the region has a lot of options for your daily commute, including trains (Metro and VRE), several bus systems, Express commuting lanes on major highways, organized carpools and “slug” (alternative carpool) lines.
Here are links to some of our major commute services in DC and Northern Virginia:
- WMATA (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which runs trains and buses)
- Virginia Railway Express
- ART (Arlington Transit buses)
- DASH (Alexandria buses)
- Fairfax County Connector
- Commuter Connections (Northern Virginia regional carpool organization)
- Beltway Express Lanes (I-495 and I-95)
- Slug Lines (informal carpool meeting spots)
As residents and real estate experts, we will help guide you and talk to you about commuting options no matter what neighborhood you fall in love with.