While commuting from Stafford, VA to Tysons Corner, VA, Sameride riders save up to $230 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 $1,450 a month. Both Sameride riders and Sameride drivers commute faster compared to other commute options saving up to 26 hours a month of commute time.
* Commuter Bus is not available from Stafford to Tysons Corner, VA
** Slug type of commute is not available from Stafford to Tysons Corner, VA
* Picking up slugs between Stafford and Pentagon as slug type of commute is not available from Stafford to Tysons Corner, VA
Ride and/or Drive
To determine time and cost of the commute from Stafford, 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.
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There are 3 ways how you can get from commuter lot in Stafford, VA to office in Tysons Corner, VA:
- Ride only;
- Drive only;
- Ride and/or Drive
Note that these definitions apply for the commute segment from Stafford, 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 Stafford, VA commuter lot to your office in Tysons Corner, VA, your commute options are:
- take train;
- 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:
- 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.
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.
We have used 6:30 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 most typical case for commuters for this commute route.
For morning pick-up location we have used 3 park and ride commuter lots in Stafford, VA:
- Route 610 / Staffordboro Blvd Commuter Lot (Nearest Address: 163 Staffordboro Blvd, Stafford, VA 22556)
- Route 610 / Mine Rd Commuter Lot (Nearest Address: 95 Mine Rd, Stafford, VA 22554);
- Brooke VRE Commuter Lot (Nearest Address: 1719 Brooke Rd, Stafford, VA 22554);
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
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 bus from VRE station with VRE ticket.
Commute by Bus
There is no commuter bus from Stafford, VA to Tysons Corner, VA. Although it is possible to take a commuter bus from Stafford, VA to Pentagon and then the WMATA metro train from Pentagon to Tysons but overall time and cost of this commute option would make it not attractive.
Slugging to Tysons is not available from any commuter lot in Stafford, VA. Although, it is possible to slug from Stafford, VA to Pentagon and then use the WMATA metro train from Pentagon to Tysons but overall time and cost of this commute option would make it 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 sluggers
For driving and picking-up sluggers between Stafford, VA to Tysons, VA we have assumed that driver will pick up slugs at one of Route 610 Commuter Lots and dropping them at Pentagon. Slugging is not available from Stafford to Tysons Corner, 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. They also are sharing cost of 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.