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

View Counter Data
110 Trail
353
14th Street Bridge
1340
Arlington Mill Trail
296
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
212
CC Connector
0
Clarendon EB bike lane
146
Custis Bon Air Park
608
Custis Rosslyn
1788
Fairfax EB bike lane
168
Joyce St NB
40
Joyce St SB
38
Key Bridge East
732
Key Bridge West
519
Military NB bike lane
17
Military SB bike lane
35
MVT Airport South
2328
Quincy NB bike lane
97
Quincy SB bike lane
56
Roosevelt Bridge
285
Rosslyn Bikeometer
0
TR Island Bridge
0
WOD Bon Air Park
576
WOD Bon Air West
1551
WOD Columbia Pike
487
WOD East Falls Church
0
Wilson WB bike lane
176

Peds counted

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110 Trail
691
14th Street Bridge
222
Arlington Mill Trail
452
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
401
CC Connector
0
Custis Bon Air Park
371
Custis Rosslyn
314
Joyce St NB
79
Joyce St SB
111
Key Bridge East
1791
Key Bridge West
829
MVT Airport South
241
Roosevelt Bridge
116
TR Island Bridge
1373
WOD Bon Air Park
345
WOD Bon Air West
662
WOD Columbia Pike
379
WOD East Falls Church
0

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
5728221
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