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
38
14th Street Bridge
149
Arlington Mill Trail
59
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
41
CC Connector
73
Clarendon EB bike lane
134
Custis Bon Air Park
92
Custis Rosslyn
125
Fairfax EB bike lane
32
Joyce St NB
10
Joyce St SB
7
Key Bridge East
166
Key Bridge West
136
Military NB bike lane
14
Military SB bike lane
13
MVT Airport South
2429
Quincy NB bike lane
125
Quincy SB bike lane
12
Roosevelt Bridge
18
Rosslyn Bikeometer
101
TR Island Bridge
84
WOD Bon Air Park
88
WOD Bon Air West
98
WOD Columbia Pike
0
WOD East Falls Church
70
Wilson WB bike lane
53

Peds counted

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110 Trail
303
14th Street Bridge
56
Arlington Mill Trail
247
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
167
CC Connector
216
Custis Bon Air Park
199
Custis Rosslyn
291
Joyce St NB
47
Joyce St SB
44
Key Bridge East
1168
Key Bridge West
452
MVT Airport South
391
Roosevelt Bridge
43
TR Island Bridge
369
WOD Bon Air Park
381
WOD Bon Air West
368
WOD Columbia Pike
0
WOD East Falls Church
42577

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
9090881
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