Getting to BWI, Stick to the Interstates
That advice comes from Dave Buck, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration, which has offices quite close to Baltimore Washington Marshall Airport. He noticed the discussion we had during today's online chat about traveling from the Washington area to BWI at rush hour.
I said that my airport van driver had noted that his company recommends the drivers go north on I-95, then cut east on Route 100, then go up the BW Parkway to connect with I-195 into the airport.
Don't do that, says Buck. Route 100 is far more congested and that section of I-95 between 100 and I-195, he says. So don't get fancy: The straight shot, I-95 north to I-195 east, is the fastest.
The original question had to do with how much time to leave when driving from Takoma Park to meet an incoming flight at 6 p.m. I said I'd leave home at 4:40 p.m. Here's a comment from one reader that I didn't have time to publish during the discussion.
BWI at rush hour: I give myself 90 minutes from Chevy Chase, so leaving at 4:40 from Takoma Park should be fine. But it will not be a pleasant trip! The inner loop is usually backed up pretty badly. I-95 can be better, but not always.
People often ask me how long it will take them to get from point A to point B, and I'm glad to take a shot at that, but it's those airport arrival questions that give me pause. I picture someone asking me what time to leave for Dulles, then writing back later to tell me that they missed their 50th wedding anniversary cruise to Tahiti because they took my advice.
June 15, 2009; 4:45 PM ET
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