The Metro System

Metrobus, Metrorail, MetroAccess

Photo: Metro escalatorThe Metro system is the regional bus and rail public transit system in the Washington, D.C. area, operating in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. Cities and counties in the area contribute to the cost of operation. The Metro System is administered by The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). WMATA is often referred to simply as "Metro."

Metrobus is the area's regional bus service and the fifth largest bus system in the United States, with a fleet of over 1450 buses operating on approximately 350 routes. Local jurisdictions also have their own local bus systems to supplement Metrobus. Arlington is served by these Metrobus routes.

Metrorail is the regional subway system, often referred to simply as "Metro." The Metrorail system comprises five color-coded lines: blue, green, orange, red and yellow. The lines intersect at various points, making it possible for passengers to change trains and travel anywhere on the system. Service frequency varies according to day and time from a low of 15 minutes between trains on weekend evenings to a high of 3 minutes between trains in the peak of the rush hour period.

MetroAccess is Metro's curb-to-curb paratransit service, complementing Metrorail, Metrobus and local bus service for people with disabilities. Find out more about MetroAccess. In Arlington, also see STAR-Specialized Transit for Arlington Residents for paratransit service.

SmarTrip and SmartBenefits

A SmarTrip® card is a convenient way to pay fares and save money using a rechargeable plastic farecard.  SmarTrip is accepted on Metrorail, Metrobus, local bus systems, and some commuter buses. 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.

Did You Know?

11 Metrorail stops are located in Arlington.

News Headlines
These researchers think we're nearing 'peak car' — and the consequences could be dramatic

Chris Mooney, September 26, 2016, Washington Post

Should Metro outsource late-night service to Uber and Lyft?

Martine Powers, September 26, 2016, Washington Post

Overhaul of D.C. taxicabs on the way

Martin Di Caro, September 26, 2016, WAMU

As service cuts loom, is Metro doing all the work it could?

Max Smith, September 26, 2016, WTOP

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

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110 Trail
663
14th Street Bridge
1859
Arlington Mill Trail
524
Ballston Connector
294
Bluemont Connector
209
CC Connector
1002
Clarendon EB bike lane
216
Custis Bon Air Park
1238
Custis Rosslyn
1378
Fairfax EB bike lane
149
Joyce St NB
30
Joyce St SB
33
Key Bridge East
1413
Key Bridge West
658
Military NB bike lane
51
Military SB bike lane
56
MVT Airport South
2999
Quincy NB bike lane
102
Quincy SB bike lane
77
Roosevelt Bridge
375
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1340
TR Island Bridge
1705
WOD Bon Air Park
1805
WOD Bon Air West
2086
WOD Columbia Pike
1474
WOD East Falls Church
1680
Wilson WB bike lane
287

Peds counted

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110 Trail
1009
14th Street Bridge
523
Arlington Mill Trail
767
Ballston Connector
341
Bluemont Connector
370
CC Connector
669
Custis Bon Air Park
730
Custis Rosslyn
570
Joyce St NB
79
Joyce St SB
98
Key Bridge East
3464
Key Bridge West
1613
MVT Airport South
614
Roosevelt Bridge
215
TR Island Bridge
1621
WOD Bon Air Park
1085
WOD Bon Air West
1174
WOD Columbia Pike
804
WOD East Falls Church
686

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
8037802
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