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?

Arlington County is one of only 15 Gold-level Walk Friendly Communities in the U.S.

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

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110 Trail
764
14th Street Bridge
2182
Arlington Mill Trail
370
Ballston Connector
325
Bluemont Connector
241
CC Connector
822
Clarendon EB bike lane
220
Custis Bon Air Park
1209
Custis Rosslyn
1773
Fairfax EB bike lane
182
Joyce St NB
33
Joyce St SB
28
Key Bridge East
1231
Key Bridge West
804
Military NB bike lane
35
Military SB bike lane
20
Quincy NB bike lane
98
Quincy SB bike lane
87
Roosevelt Bridge
534
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1588
TR Island Bridge
1544
WOD Bon Air Park
1029
WOD Bon Air West
1684
WOD Columbia Pike
824
WOD East Falls Church
1272
Wilson WB bike lane
259

Peds counted

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110 Trail
490
14th Street Bridge
207
Arlington Mill Trail
569
Ballston Connector
344
Bluemont Connector
288
CC Connector
437
Custis Bon Air Park
374
Custis Rosslyn
266
Joyce St NB
58
Joyce St SB
87
Key Bridge East
2094
Key Bridge West
987
Roosevelt Bridge
86
TR Island Bridge
519
WOD Bon Air Park
503
WOD Bon Air West
495
WOD Columbia Pike
402
WOD East Falls Church
302

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
4225345
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