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
14th Street Bridge
1918
Ballston Connector
337
Bluemont Connector
204
CC Connector
717
Clarendon EB bike lane
199
Crystal SB bike lane
109
Custis Bon Air Park
1058
Custis Rosslyn
1329
Fairfax EB bike lane
150
Joyce St NB
36
Joyce St SB
29
Key Bridge East
1124
Key Bridge West
763
Military NB bike lane
36
Military SB bike lane
31
MVT Airport South
2089
Quincy NB bike lane
57
Quincy SB bike lane
77
Roosevelt Bridge
424
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1266
TR Island Bridge
1330
WOD Bon Air Park
832
WOD Bon Air West
1405
WOD Columbia Pike
628
WOD East Falls Church
0
Wilson WB bike lane
254

Peds counted

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14th Street Bridge
191
Ballston Connector
391
Bluemont Connector
368
CC Connector
545
Custis Bon Air Park
485
Custis Rosslyn
340
Joyce St NB
58
Joyce St SB
87
Key Bridge East
2306
Key Bridge West
1079
MVT Airport South
10307
Roosevelt Bridge
121
TR Island Bridge
466
WOD Bon Air Park
43409
WOD Bon Air West
617
WOD Columbia Pike
591
WOD East Falls Church
0

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
4857293
About Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counter Program

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