While commuting from Woodbridge, VA to Tysons Corner, VA, Sameride riders save up to $370 a month on the train, bus or vanpool fares. At the same time, Sameride drivers use express lanes toll-free which saves them up to $1,110 a month.Both Sameride riders and Sameride drivers commute up to 22 hours a month faster.

Ride Only

* Slug type of commute is not available from Woodbridge to Tysons Corner, VA

 

Drive Only

* Picking up slugs between Woodbridge and Pentagon is possible but detouring would take longer than driving alone regular lanes directly to Tysons Corner

 

Ride and/or Drive

To determine time and cost of the commute from Woodbridge, VA to Tysons Corner, VA and back we have used our own experience and surveyed commuters who are using commute options we have calculated time and cost for.

In case you have comments or want to share your commute time and cost, please leave a comment at the bottom of this page.

There are 3 ways how you can get from commuter lot in Woodbridge, VA to office in Tysons Corner, VA:

  1. Ride only;
  2. Drive only;
  3. Ride and/or Drive

Note that these definitions apply for the commute segment from Woodbridge, VA commuter lot to the office located in Tysons Corner, VA. This means that commuters who only ride still drive from their homes to the park and ride commuter lot.

So, if you are not driving at all and are only riding from Woodbridge, VA commuter lot to your office in Tysons Corner, VA, your commute options are:

  • take train;
  • take bus;
  • use Sameride Commute

If your preference is to drive only, you have options:

  • drive alone express lanes;
  • drive alone regular lane;
  • use Sameride Commute

Finally, if you are OK with riding some days and driving another you are able to:

  • vanpool;
  • carpool;
  • use Sameride Commute

It is up to you whether to ride or drive while using Sameride Commute. For example, you might drive one day and ride another. So it is flexible in this regard. Actually, you don’t have to drive at all while using Sameride Commute.
 

General assumptions

Monthly time and costs
We have used average monthly time and average monthly cost for commute options during the second half of 2017 and beginning of 2018. Monthly cost makes sense as commuters who use public transportation like train and bus or use vanpool service are purchasing monthly tickets or paying monthly fees. Also, drivers who park in Tysons Corner, VA pay for parking on the monthly basis if the parking is not free. We use 20 commuting days in one month derived from 22 work days minus 2 days for telecommuting and other reasons for not commuting.

We did not make any adjustments for the tax deduction or compensation from the employer which depends or the residence status and the employer.

Commute start
We have used 7:00 am as an approximate time when commuters depart from the commuter lot and 4:30 pm as an approximate time when commuters leave their offices. So we were calculating commute duration based on commuting in respective hours. This seems to be the typical case for the majority of commuters for this commute route.

Commute locations
For morning pick-up location we have used 3 park and ride commuter lots in Woodbridge, VA:

  • Route 123 (Gordon Blvd) & I-95 Commuter Lot, VA (Nearest Address: 910 Annapolis Way, Woodbridge, VA 22191)
  • Woodbridge VRE Commuter Lot (Nearest Address: 1020 Express Dr, Woodbridge, VA 22191);


See our post about all park and ride commuter lots in Woodbridge, VA area

We have used 8180 Greensboro Dr, McLean, VA 22102 for the office location in Tysons Corner as a middle point to highly concentrated employment areas in Tysons Corner, VA


Assumptions by commute options

Commute by Train
We have used Virginia VRE website as a source of price and time information between Woodbridge VRE train station in Woodbridge, VA and Franconia / Springfield VRE train station in Springfield, VA.

In addition to VRE commuter train, commuters will be using Fairfax Connector Bus 494 from Franconia / Springfield station to Greensboro Dr & International Dr bus stop in Tysons Corner, VA that cost $2.00 each way and takes 26 minutes to ride and 13-26 minutes to transit/wait between VRE train and Fairfax Connector bus. The walk time is not accounted for. And Fairfax Connector fare is not paid when boarding from VRE station with VRE ticket.

Commute by Bus
We have used PRTC(the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission) website as a source of price and time information between bust stop at Route 123 (Gordon Blvd) & I-95 Commuter Lot (Nearest Address: 910 Annapolis Way, Woodbridge, VA 22191) and Greensboro Dr & International Dr bus stop in Tysons Corner, VA.

Commuters who use commuter bus will not be using other means of transportation.

Slugging
Slugging to Tysons is not available from any commuter lot in Woodbridge, VA. Although, it is possible to slug from Woodbridge, VA to Pentagon but the time in WMATA metro train from Pentagon to Tysons but time and cost of the metro train make this commute option not attractive.

Driving alone regular lanes
Drivers pay more than just fuel costs. In addition to gas, driving expenses include other costs such as maintenance, repair, and tires. We did not include relatively fixed driving cost related to car ownership: car depreciation, insurance, registration, license, taxes, finance charges, other costs such as car wash because those costs are not directly driven by the commute.

The monthly parking in Tysons Corner, VA costs $100.

For driving time we have used Google Map to estimate commute duration on I-95 and I-495 regular lanes.

Driving alone express lanes
Driving alone express lane includes all cost of driving alone regular lanes. In addition, driving alone express lanes requires paying the toll. We have used expresslanes website for toll and time calculation on I-95 and I-495 express lanes for the commute time frames under consideration.

Driving and picking-up slugers
Driving and picking-up sluggers is not available from Woodbridge, VA to Tysons, VA.

Commute by Vanpool
Vanpool cost is calculated based on the fees vanpool providers are charging and the assumption of driving van 10% of the times for driving credit.

In addition to the driving time, we are adding 7 minutes each way for dropping off vanpool participants and waiting for pickups.

Commute by Carpool
Carpooling is another ridesharing option that is quite efficient.
For carpool, we are assuming that there are 3 people in the carpool who are taking turns in driving their own cars and share parking in Tysons Corner, VA. That is why the cost of carpool is 1/3 or driving cost.
In addition to driving time, there are 2 minutes each way of waiting for carpooling partners at pick-up and for detouring for drop-off.

Using Sameride Commute
Sameride Commute allows drivers to use HOV/HOT express lanes without paying tolls and allows riders to commute for free. This type of commute is similar to slugging or carpooling but it is on-demand and provides commute to and from office(custom drop-off and pick-up). So it is more convenient and predictable both for drivers and riders.

Sameride Commute is the cheapest option to commute for riders – it’s free. And it is the best money- and time-saving option for drivers.

We have added 1 minute of waiting/detouring for Sameride commuters.

Flexibility is another criteria that we have compared commute options against. The smile emoji corresponds to the level of flexibility. Train, bus, vanpool or carpool commuters are less flexible because of schedules and/or long-term commitments. Sameride Commute can be used once, every day or a few times a week when it is needed. Sameride doesn’t require any long-term commitments. Also, you can request or offer a ride for the time that works the best for you.


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