Transportation Options

Photo: Cyclist in RosslynThe Washington, D.C. area supports a wealth of transportation options other than driving alone. In fact, about forty percent of all trips in the area are made by some means other than single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) trips. Still, as the area's population grows, we will need to reduce the percentage of SOV trips even further, and increase the use of other options, to avoid gridlock.

Transportation options include:

  • The Metro System –- Metrorail, Metrobus, and MetroAccess. Metro is a regional system serving the District of Columbia and jurisdictions in Virginia and Maryland. Metro is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and supported by local jurisdictions.
  • Local Bus Systems -- Each jurisdiction operates its own local bus system. In areas served by the Metro System, local bus routes supplement Metrobus and Metrorail service.
  • Commuter Buses –- Longer bus routes designed to carry commuters from outside the beltway to and from jobs in D.C. and the close-in suburbs.
  • Commuter Rail –- MARC and VRE rail service. MARC operates between Union Station in D.C. and points in Maryland. VRE operates between Union Station and points in Virginia. Both provide weekday service aimed primarily at commuters.
  • Intercity Rail & Bus -- Amtrak, Greyhound, Bolt Bus, etc. Long-haul bus service.
  • Walking -- A healthy and environmentally-friendly way of getting around, and an important transportation mode.
  • Bicycling & Bikesharing -- Rapidly-growing transportation modes in the D.C. area.
  • Multi-Use Trails -- The D.C. area has an extensive trail network, used by bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Telework -- Or telecommuting. Working from home or a satellite office one or more days per week.
  • Ridesharing -- Carpooling, vanpooling, slugging.
  • Carsharing -- Zipcar, Car2Go, Peer-to-Peer Carsharing.
  • Taxicabs -- An important supplement and backup plan for people who carpool, bike, walk, or use public transportation.
  • Paratransit & Accessible Transit -- Services for people with disabilities.
Did You Know?

Driving alone is the primary commute mode for 54% of Arlington Commuters, compared to 83% statewide.

2007 Virginia State of the Commute Study: Arlington Perspective

Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
14th Street Bridge
1511
Ballston Connector
241
Bluemont Connector
161
CC Connector
583
Clarendon EB bike lane
215
Crystal SB bike lane
83
Custis Bon Air Park
761
Custis Rosslyn
1176
Fairfax EB bike lane
148
Joyce St NB
23
Joyce St SB
31
Key Bridge East
974
Key Bridge West
650
Military NB bike lane
26
Military SB bike lane
28
MVT Airport South
1632
Quincy NB bike lane
57
Quincy SB bike lane
88
Roosevelt Bridge
396
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1059
TR Island Bridge
1889
WOD Bon Air Park
712
WOD Bon Air West
1108
WOD Columbia Pike
654
WOD East Falls Church
812
Wilson WB bike lane
267

Peds counted

View Counter Data
14th Street Bridge
307
Ballston Connector
453
Bluemont Connector
310
CC Connector
497
Custis Bon Air Park
499
Custis Rosslyn
328
Joyce St NB
90
Joyce St SB
112
Key Bridge East
2333
Key Bridge West
1049
MVT Airport South
368
Roosevelt Bridge
123
TR Island Bridge
1533
WOD Bon Air Park
1473
WOD Bon Air West
595
WOD Columbia Pike
553
WOD East Falls Church
417

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
7223230
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July 28, 2015, NBC Washington

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