Local Bus Systems

Local bus systems, listed below, extend public transportation into more neighborhoods than are served by Metrorail, Metrobus, or long-haul services such as MARC, VRE, and commuter buses.

SmarTrip and SmartBenefits

SmarTrip® is a convenient way to pay transit fares using a rechargeable plastic farecard. SmarTrip is accepted by Metrorail, Metrobus, most local bus systems, and some commuter buses. You no longer need exact change or a token to ride the bus -- just tap the farebox with your SmarTrip card. SmartBenefits® is a program that allows employers to assign commuting benefits directly to employees' SmarTrip cards. Find out more about SmarTrip and SmartBenefits.

Guaranteed Ride Home

If you use the Metro System 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.

Local Bus Systems

Photo: ART busThe bus systems listed below are operated by local jurisdictions. In the close-in suburbs of Washington, D.C., these local bus systems supplement Metrobus, the area's regional bus system.

Annapolis Transit
Local bus service for Annapolis, Md.

ART-Arlington Transit
ART operates within Arlington County, providing access to Metrorail and supplementing Metrobus with smaller, neighborhood-friendly vehicles. SmarTrip® accepted.

CUE-Fairfax City
The Cue Bus runs seven days a week within the City of Fairfax. It also services the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail Station and George Mason University. SmarTrip® accepted.

DART First State Bus Service
It's not a D.C.-area service, but when you head to the Delaware beaches, use DART. Park your car and you and your passengers receive free, unlimited daily bus passes. Ride in air-conditioned comfort to the outlets, the boardwalk and beaches, even into Dewey Beach or Lewes.

DASH-Alexandria
The Alexandria Transit Company's DASH system operates within the City of Alexandria and connects with Metrobus, Metrorail, Virginia Railway Express, and the Fairfax Connector. DASH serves all Metrorail stations within the City of Alexandria and the Pentagon during morning and evening peak periods. SmarTrip® accepted. Monthly passes are available at The Commuter Store and online from CommuterDirect.com

DC CIRCULATOR
Designed to take you to Washington's cultural, shopping, dining, and business destinations. The Circulator provides frequent service on several routes, and only costs $1.00. SmarTrip® accepted. Daily, weekly, and monthly passes are available at The Commuter Store and online from CommuterDirect.com

Fairfax Connector
The Fairfax Connector bus system runs seven days a week with service throughout Fairfax County and to Metrorail Stations on the Orange, Blue and Yellow lines, including the Pentagon. SmarTrip® accepted.

Go Tysons - Tysons Corner
Transportation resources for Tysons Corner presented by Virginia Megaprojects.

Fredericksburg Regional Transit (FRED)
FRED provides safe, dependable, efficient, and affordable public transportation to the citizens and visitors of the Fredericksburg Region.

Howard Transit
Fixed route bus service in Columbia, Ellicott City, Clarksville, Annapolis Junction, North Laurel, Savage and Elkridge. Service is also available to BWI Airport and to employment centers along US 1 in Howard County. Most routes operate Monday through Saturday with service available on the Brown, Orange, and Red Express routes seven days per week.

Photo: King Street TrolleyKing Street Trolley-Alexandria
Free service between the King Street Metro station in Alexandria and Alexandria's Potomac River waterfront.

Maryland Mass Transit Administration (MTA)
Bus, light rail, and subway services in Maryland. SmarTrip® accepted. MTA issues an electronic farecard called "CharmCard®" which also works on systems that accept SmarTrip®. MTA also operates commuter buses and MARC commuter rail; these systems do not accept SmarTrip or CharmCard.

Ride On
Montgomery County, MD local bus service. SmarTrip® accepted.

PRTC Bus Service - OmniLink
OmniLink local bus service serves Dale City, Dumfries, Manassas, Manassas Park, Quantico, and Woodbridge.

Shuttle-UM
The Department of Transportation Services provides shuttle, charter, paratransit, NITE Ride and taxi services to the University of Maryland College Park campus.

TheBus
Weekday service between Upper Marlboro and Metrorail Stations in Prince Georges County, MD. SmarTrip® accepted.

VanGO
Charles County, Maryland's public transportation service.

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
14th Street Bridge
1981
Ballston Connector
355
Bluemont Connector
214
CC Connector
663
Clarendon EB bike lane
280
Crystal SB bike lane
92
Custis Bon Air Park
1061
Custis Rosslyn
1495
Fairfax EB bike lane
178
Joyce St NB
25
Joyce St SB
17
Key Bridge East
1095
Key Bridge West
809
Military NB bike lane
61
Military SB bike lane
53
MVT Airport South
2015
Quincy NB bike lane
583
Quincy SB bike lane
280
Roosevelt Bridge
508
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1365
TR Island Bridge
1380
WOD Bon Air Park
858
WOD Bon Air West
1449
WOD Columbia Pike
716
WOD East Falls Church
1038
Wilson WB bike lane
268

Peds counted

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14th Street Bridge
250
Ballston Connector
284
Bluemont Connector
243
CC Connector
382
Custis Bon Air Park
360
Custis Rosslyn
333
Joyce St NB
66
Joyce St SB
2502
Key Bridge East
1624
Key Bridge West
978
MVT Airport South
194
Roosevelt Bridge
118
TR Island Bridge
647
WOD Bon Air Park
648
WOD Bon Air West
594
WOD Columbia Pike
397
WOD East Falls Church
553

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
8598847
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