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Living in Northern Virginia Without A Car-Can It Be Done?

Transit Week in NoVANext week is Transit Week in Virginia.  This event has happened every year since 2005 and it is a challenge for Virginian's to use our wide variety of public transportation options instead of jumping into their car.  Many folks will shake their heads and say there is NO WAY you can live in this area without a car.  My daughter and her husband live in Alexandria, don't own a car and get around Northern Virginia with very few problems.

How do they manage?  First and foremost is planning. They have studied the bus schedules and keep them handy on their phones when they are out.  Northern Virginia offers residents the WMTA Metro bus system that covers most of the area as well as local buses including the ART buses in Arlington, the DASH bus in Alexandria, the Fairfax County Connector and PRTC in Prince William County to name a few.  Most of these bus routes have stops at VRE and Metro Stations to extend commuting options even further.  If the bus, train or metro doesn't get them where they need to go they walk. 

Currently my daughter commutes 3 days a week between Parkfairfax in Alexandria where they live to George Mason University in Fairfax VA.  She walks to the Shirlington Transit Station catches the bus to the Pentagon Metro, transfers to the Orange Line Metro to Vienna and then takes the GMU Shuttle Bus that stops every 15 minutes at the Metro Station.  The one-way trip is about an hour.  Since she has to be on campus by 9AM the drive would take at least that long if not more with rush hour traffic and parking on campus.  My son-in-law is an IT Contractor and has worked as far out as Herndon VA, again commuting by bus and/or metro.

They have the advantage of living within walking distance of Shirlington VA for multiple restaurants and also can walk to Bradlee Shopping center in Fairlington for additional shopping.   They also lived in London for a number of years and understand that public transportation may not be glamorous but it is functional.  It may be harder for Northern Virginia residents who live in suburbs further outside the city to use public transportation 100% of the time but a larger percentage of daily living can be done with public transportation if you plan correctly. 

If you are relocating to Northern Virginia understanding the commuting options offered in the area can be a big part of helping you decide where to live.   Northern Virginia offers a wide variety of home styles and commuting options for those who want to live without a car to those who want to live in the rural countryside.   Give Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group a call at 703-346-2213 f you are headed to Northern Virginia.  Put our experience help guide you to the right neighborhood and the right commuting options for you.




 

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Comment balloon 16 commentsCindy Jones • September 17 2011 05:41PM

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Wow, passed you up the last few days, didn't recognize you with the new photo...........love it Cindy, great photo.  Many places, it's tough to get around without a car.  Glad to see that in your area, people have options.  10 years in NYC was heaven for me without a car, not payments, repair bills, gas, oil changes............you know!

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 7 years ago
Cindy, now they don't expect real estate agents to get around without their cara, do they?
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 7 years ago

I think you can but as person from Detroit, " THE MOTOR CITY", I can't imagine life without a car!

Posted by Markita Woods NMLS#196099, Queen of Mortgages - FHA, VA, Conventional, USDA (Fairway Independent Mortgage) over 7 years ago

Good morning, Love your new photo. In our mobile society, it is tough to be able to get around without a vehicle...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Living in a rural area, doing without a car would be difficult.  Living in center city would be a totally different way of living.  A lot of adjusting and might be a lot of fun.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) over 7 years ago

Not everyone has the patience to live without a car.  It is so much easier to just jump in and go.  I admire those who realize that we can indeed get by without a car if we plan ahead.

Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) over 7 years ago

Cindy, that's excellent that the bus system there is working for the commuters and that people can plan for their day. I would have a hard time going without my car, but it is excellent for those who can do that.

Posted by Erna Neal, A Knowledgable Central Florida Realtor (The Viking Team, Realty) over 7 years ago

Whew!  I can't imagine trying to get around without a car out in Loudoun County.

Posted by Justin Dibbs, REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale (Pearson Smith Realty) over 7 years ago

Roger-when I hear someone telling me they pay thousands a month for a parking space, especially in a big city, I wonder why?  Sounds like you knew how to get around without having a car at the curb.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Pat-could you do your job in DC without having a car?  Guess if you restricted your business to a certain area you might.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Markita-the closer you are to DC the easier it would be to live without a car or at least need it everyday.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Michael-think how fast the car has become our crutch for getting around.  Many of us are only one generation away from when cars first rolled off the assembly line.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Pat-I wish I had more places I could walk to.  Unfortunately so many areas developed in the 70's forward that make having a car almost a necessity.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Kay-I go back and forth between wanting to move back closer to the city to wanting to move far away from everything :-)

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Erna-my daughter and her husband seem to make it work but it would take a huge adjustment for anyone who is used to just jump into the car and go.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Justin-nope don't think you could make it work in Loudoun.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

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