Commuter Rail - MARC and VRE

Photo: MARC train and passengersThe Washington, DC area has two commuter rail services: VRE - Virginia Railway Express and MARC - Maryland Area Regional Commuter.

VRE and MARC are heavy rail, long-haul services, carrying passengers as much as 50 miles into the Washington, DC area on weekday mornings and taking them back to their communities in the evenings. The combined daily ridership approaches 50,000 passengers; 16,000 each day for VRE and more than 30,000 each day for MARC.

VRE provides service between Union Station in Washington, DC and stations in Virginia, along two lines, the Manassas Line and the Fredericksburg Line. VRE is a joint project of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC).

MARC provides service between Union Station in Washington, DC and stations in Maryland, along three lines, the Penn, Camden, and Brunswick Lines. MARC is operated by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), a division of the Maryland Department of Transportation. In addition to MARC, MTA also operates local bus, commuter bus, light rail, and subway services in Maryland.

SmartBenefits® and Commuter Rail

VRE and MARC do not accept SmarTrip®, but VRE and MARC riders who receive SmartBenefits® from their employer can still use their benefits to purchase tickets. CommuterDirect.com offers a SmartBenefits personal account service.  VRE and MARC riders can apply their SmartBenefits to their CommuterDirect.com® account and purchase tickets and passes through CommuterDirect.com.® Customers can have tickets delivered to them, or pick up their tickets at any of the five locations of The Commuter Store.® More about SmarTrip and SmartBenefits.

Guaranteed Ride Home

If you use VRE or MARC to commute, you may be eligible for Commuter Connections' Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH). GRH provides free taxi rides home when the unexpected happens. Guaranteed Ride Home is also available to commuters who use other commuting alternatives, such as carpooling or bicycling. More about the Guaranteed Ride Home Program.

Did You Know?

Each U.S. rush-hour auto commuter spends an average of 50 hours a year stuck in traffic.

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
14th Street Bridge
1643
Ballston Connector
318
Bluemont Connector
236
CC Connector
756
Clarendon EB bike lane
217
Crystal SB bike lane
89
Custis Bon Air Park
1280
Custis Rosslyn
1348
Fairfax EB bike lane
132
Joyce St NB
42
Joyce St SB
30
Key Bridge East
1411
Key Bridge West
641
Military NB bike lane
68
Military SB bike lane
57
MVT Airport South
3224
Quincy NB bike lane
57
Quincy SB bike lane
78
Roosevelt Bridge
350
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1389
TR Island Bridge
1848
WOD Bon Air Park
1908
WOD Bon Air West
2247
WOD Columbia Pike
1574
WOD East Falls Church
1895
Wilson WB bike lane
278

Peds counted

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14th Street Bridge
441
Ballston Connector
299
Bluemont Connector
282
CC Connector
598
Custis Bon Air Park
673
Custis Rosslyn
455
Joyce St NB
66
Joyce St SB
96
Key Bridge East
2910
Key Bridge West
1386
MVT Airport South
454
Roosevelt Bridge
218
TR Island Bridge
1539
WOD Bon Air Park
2652
WOD Bon Air West
994
WOD Columbia Pike
797
WOD East Falls Church
815

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
7386684
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