When I bought the condo near Washington DC, one of the requirements was that it had to be near a subway station. And it is, about a 10 minute walk. And the association runs a rush hour shuttle bus that picks me up and drops me off at the front door of the building. I ride the subway to and from work. The last time I drove to the office was May 4, 2015.
Last Friday the subway lines from this end of town were closed for four days for major repairs. I knew it was coming. Ideally I would have worked from home, but there were meetings I needed to be at. I thought for a moment and decided to try the VRE, Virginia Railway Express. These are commuter trains that run to and from the far distant burbs into the city. There is a stop at King Street in Alexandria. A little over a mile from home, and metro was running one station beyond that on this end of the system.
I downloaded the VRE app, bought a one day pass on my phone. The trains were ontime, comfortable, very smooth, quiet and really a very easy way to travel. The subway is easier for me, but I have a bypass option.
Have you ridden commuter rail?