Commuting Options to Nothern Virginia (NoVA) and Washington, DC
By far the easiest way to get up to Northern Virginia, we have two rail options: the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) and Amtrak, which are easily accessible via several shared stations around the Fredericksburg area. The VRE provides commuter rail service from Fredericksburg and Massaponax all the way to Northern VA business hubs like Alexandria, Crystal City, and Downtown DC.
The Downtown Fredericksburg Train Station is also a designated stop for Amtrak. The VRE has an agreement with Amtrak where VRE multi-ride passengers can use Amtrak trains for commuter travel but Amtrak is mainly useful for longer-haul trips, with trains traversing the Northeast Corridor and into the Piedmont/ Central VA area daily.
I-95 makes driving up to DC and all of Northern VA fairly straightforward, with easy access to the interstate in Central Park, Massaponax and Stafford. Locals will tell you that I-95 traffic to Northern Virginia is no picnic but with the addition of the EZ Pass lanes, commuters can significantly cut down on waiting-in-traffic time.
If you’re commuting to a fairly popular area, you may want to consider carpooling or “slugging,” sometimes referred to as casual carpooling. The “slug lines” are meeting spots where people needing passengers to fulfill the 3-person HOV requirement can pull up and anyone needing a ride can hop in! If that’s a bit too casual for you, there are plenty of people who are looking for others to share the driving load with and would appreciate some help with the gas expenses. For more information about finding a carpool buddy or how to start slugging, check out https://www.commuterpage.com/!
For those looking to let someone else worry about the driving, commuter buses can be a great option! If you’re in the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania area, the local FredBus can take you to a VRE or Amtrak station or you may want to consider taking the Martz Bus which leaves from several different stops around the area.
If you’re living in the Prince William/Gainesville/Manassas area, check out the PRTC OmniRide commuter bus service. With M-F service from locations along I-95 and I-66, it’s a great option for those looking to get to Mark Center, Pentagon, Crystal City, Rosslyn/Ballston, Tysons Corner, downtown Washington, D.C., and the Washington Navy Yard.