I was talking to some friends that are thinking about starting a company. One of them lives in the Bethesda area, the other lives in Arlington. They're looking at office space in DC because they feel that it's centrally located so that if they have to hire in the future, it'll be appealing to anyone that might consider working there.
They asked what I thought and I told them that I don't think anyone really enjoys the commute into DC, via driving or Metro. If you drive, you have heavy traffic and then you have the issue of parking in DC when you get there, which is costly. If you take the Metro, it's always running late, fares are constantly increasing (follow @unsuckdcmetro on twitter).
I understand the perspective of wanting to be centrally located, so I was thinking the McLean area would be ideal. It's west of the city, people from Bethesda/Rockville/270 corridor can get there, although I'm not sure of the beltway traffic headed that way in the morning. People in Northern VA areas such as Arlington, Vienna, Reston would probably think it's a better commute, too.
Given the situation, what would be a good commute?