The Washington D.C. area is known for its traffic gridlock.
To avoid a stressful daily commute, you should choose an apartment that is close to your workplace and has good access to public transportation. Weekday rush hour traffic is heaviest between 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Estimated driving times are unpredictable as a minor accident can back up the highways for miles in either direction.
Here are some tips for commuting in the D.C. area.
While all of the highways surrounding Washington D.C. get congested during the morning and evening rush hours, driving is usually the most convenient option when traveling within the suburbs.
The Metrorail subway system includes six lines and serves 91 stations in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. Metrobus operates 1,500 buses. Both transit systems connect to bus lines in the suburbs. The Yellow/Blue lines connect with Reagan National Airport and the Silver line will eventually provide service to Dulles International Airport. The DC Circulator is a local bus system with 5 routes around the most popular areas of the city.
There are two major commuter rail systems serving the Washington D.C. area: Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) and Virginia Railway Express (VRE). Both systems operate Monday through Friday and have cross honor agreements with Amtrak to offer reduced fares for commuters.
Operational times are limited. Be sure to know the schedules and plan accordingly.
Washington D.C. is a bike-friendly city with more than 40 miles of bike lanes and Capital Bikeshare, the largest bike sharing program in the nation. There are approximately 440 stations and 3,700 bikes throughout Washington D.C. and the nearby Maryland and Virginia suburbs.
Commuter Connections is a great resource to learn more about ridesharing and other commuting programs around the capital region.