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.

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

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110 Trail
14
14th Street Bridge
49
Arlington Mill Trail
33
Ballston Connector
12
Bluemont Connector
23
CC Connector
0
Clarendon EB bike lane
18
Custis Bon Air Park
0
Custis Rosslyn
52
Fairfax EB bike lane
0
Joyce St NB
3
Joyce St SB
12
Key Bridge East
96
Key Bridge West
63
Military NB bike lane
2
Military SB bike lane
2
MVT Airport South
48
Quincy NB bike lane
4
Quincy SB bike lane
8
Roosevelt Bridge
20
Rosslyn Bikeometer
46
TR Island Bridge
1116
WOD Bon Air Park
33
WOD Bon Air West
242
WOD Columbia Pike
25
WOD East Falls Church
28
Wilson WB bike lane
22

Peds counted

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110 Trail
208
14th Street Bridge
132
Arlington Mill Trail
232
Ballston Connector
70
Bluemont Connector
75
CC Connector
0
Custis Bon Air Park
0
Custis Rosslyn
211
Joyce St NB
32
Joyce St SB
28
Key Bridge East
830
Key Bridge West
418
MVT Airport South
185
Roosevelt Bridge
86
TR Island Bridge
870
WOD Bon Air Park
302
WOD Bon Air West
306
WOD Columbia Pike
174
WOD East Falls Church
204

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
155794
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