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
558
14th Street Bridge
1997
Arlington Mill Trail
325
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
251
CC Connector
722
Clarendon EB bike lane
216
Custis Bon Air Park
917
Custis Rosslyn
1444
Fairfax EB bike lane
149
Joyce St NB
38
Joyce St SB
24
Key Bridge East
1140
Key Bridge West
735
Military NB bike lane
33
Military SB bike lane
28
MVT Airport South
2429
Quincy NB bike lane
125
Quincy SB bike lane
75
Roosevelt Bridge
478
Rosslyn Bikeometer
0
TR Island Bridge
1203
WOD Bon Air Park
794
WOD Bon Air West
1265
WOD Columbia Pike
0
WOD East Falls Church
1031
Wilson WB bike lane
255

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
624
14th Street Bridge
261
Arlington Mill Trail
643
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
398
CC Connector
624
Custis Bon Air Park
462
Custis Rosslyn
509
Joyce St NB
90
Joyce St SB
102
Key Bridge East
2720
Key Bridge West
1484
MVT Airport South
391
Roosevelt Bridge
137
TR Island Bridge
931
WOD Bon Air Park
656
WOD Bon Air West
698
WOD Columbia Pike
0
WOD East Falls Church
372

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
7477040
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