RLOU

United States

#1 Dec 7, 2012
HI, I am inquiring for someone I know moving to the NOVA area from Boston. The job offer is in Chantilly and they are interested in buying a house in Gainesville but are afraid the work commute will take too long. Hours for the job are 8-430. Can anyone give us info on how long the work traffic commute would be?
wentworth green

Gainesville, VA

#2 Dec 7, 2012
RLOU wrote:
HI, I am inquiring for someone I know moving to the NOVA area from Boston. The job offer is in Chantilly and they are interested in buying a house in Gainesville but are afraid the work commute will take too long. Hours for the job are 8-430. Can anyone give us info on how long the work traffic commute would be?
45 mins
Sonnyboylethalst ein

Haymarket, VA

#3 Dec 7, 2012
Gainesville to Westfields at 6:30am is 35 minutes. About the same coming home.
Commuting expert

Alexandria, VA

#4 Dec 8, 2012
Some of those above figures are overly generous and unrealistic.

66, Lee highway, possibly shortcuts through catharpin can make it there in 35 or 45.

The key element here is how early are you willing to leave?

35 mins is doable if you are on a road by 6am not 630. Things have changed in the last few years.

Must be on 66 by 6AM M-Thursday.

Here is a bright spot: Many government workers take advantage (imagine that take advantage of something :) sick leave, PTO, Family leave act mininal preformance goals :)) of telework on Fridays -- thus reducing 66 traffic flow.

On Fridays you could potentially leave by 730-745 and still be at work on time in Chantilly.

My 2 cents from a lot of experience. DOnt expect a Metro in Gainesville until 2050. Sorry Im pessimistic in seeing how long Dulles metro is taking.

Good luck pal -- try to find a ride along buddy to use commuter HOV lanes -- need 2 occupants.
Bristow Mom

Washington, DC

#5 Dec 13, 2012
I drive to Herndon every day from Bristow/Gainesville area. I can normally get to and from work in about 45-50 minutes. Depending where is Chantilly you are trying to get to - it would probably be a little closer. I leave between 6:45 and 7. Going home after 4:30 can be bad on 28 but in general - it is not a bad commute.
Former Resident

Herndon, VA

#6 Dec 13, 2012
Commuting expert wrote:
My 2 cents from a lot of experience. DOnt expect a Metro in Gainesville until 2050. Sorry Im pessimistic in seeing how long Dulles metro is taking.
I think you're more than likely to see VRE come to the area than Metro. The 66 corridor has been developed so much since the orange line finished that just figuring out how to extend it to Fair Lakes or Centreville would probably be a huge headache.

VRE on the other hand has always had a goal of westward expansion, but they simply don't have the money for it and would need to apply for federal funding to get anything done. They are conducting an environmental study on expansion right now but considering it's going to take 3 years to finish I would be surprised to see VRE trains boarding in Haymarket/Gainesville before 2020.

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