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I-395 HOV lane headed toward D.C. (Gerald Martineua/Post)

SHORTCUT SEEKING | In a region with some of the nation's most infuriating traffic, commuters will sometimes tweak, bend and even break the rules to get where they're going quicker.

Eric Merten of Burke jealously guards what he calls his "secret passage" between Braddock Road and Reston Parkway. He won't say how he does it because he is afraid other commuters will follow and clog it up.
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