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3 hours to transfer between IAD & DCA on "legal" ticket?

3 hours to transfer between IAD & DCA on "legal" ticket?

Old Jan 8, 19, 9:03 pm
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Originally Posted by redtop43 View Post
A lot depends on time of day. From DCA to IAD the normal route is the GW parkway north to I-66, then to the Dulles access road.

I-66 is HOV only from 4:30 to 6:30 (maybe it's 4:00) - totally HOV, not just HOV lane. Because of the Dulles access road, they can't ticket until you get past the turnoff, meaning that people start to get on around 6:20. So if you hit I-66 before 6:15 you're in the clear; by 6:30 it's a parking lot all the way to the Dulles cutoff. The Dulles access road however will be smooth sailing. It can only be used by vehicles going to IAD (there are no exits until the airport).

I'm writing this at 6:40PM on a weekday and Google Maps shows that DCA to IAD is 29 miles and 33 minutes,
Your info is outdated. I-66 is now HOV two with mandatory transponder from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. If you aren't HOV two with a transponder, you can use I-66 but at a significant toll.
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Old Jan 9, 19, 5:52 am
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Originally Posted by danwer930 View Post
QR has temporarily changed the A359 they were flying on that route to one of their old-style 777-300's (2-2-2 config, etc) on the BOS flight in Feburary (which is when I'm going), before switching to QSuites in the Spring. I don't need a QSuite but I'd at least like to get direct aisle access for that long flight to Doha!
I think that the DCA-IAD thing has been pretty well covered with some good options, but I would just point out that, if you haven't flown them, QR's 2-2-2 seats are really quite good. In fact, people think that I'm crazy but I actually like them better than most reverse-herringbone biz products (and maybe BA F for that matter). The seats are huge, the amount of legroom is fantastic (no being jammed into a footwell), and everything else about the flight is of course the same as on a new aircraft. Plus 2/3 of them have direct aisle access...

So what I am saying is that I personally would not do something risky or laborious just to fly the new seats. Others will disagree.
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