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 has 50 miles of shared-use, off-street trails.

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
369
14th Street Bridge
1251
Arlington Mill Trail
141
Ballston Connector
204
Bluemont Connector
131
CC Connector
0
Clarendon EB bike lane
125
Custis Bon Air Park
553
Custis Rosslyn
1067
Fairfax EB bike lane
57
Joyce St NB
21
Joyce St SB
13
Key Bridge East
727
Key Bridge West
575
Military NB bike lane
13
Military SB bike lane
22
MVT Airport South
1024
Quincy NB bike lane
58
Quincy SB bike lane
50
Roosevelt Bridge
375
Rosslyn Bikeometer
899
TR Island Bridge
757
WOD Bon Air Park
291
WOD Bon Air West
715
WOD Columbia Pike
238
WOD East Falls Church
503
Wilson WB bike lane
140

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
454
14th Street Bridge
187
Arlington Mill Trail
500
Ballston Connector
386
Bluemont Connector
282
CC Connector
0
Custis Bon Air Park
382
Custis Rosslyn
322
Joyce St NB
46
Joyce St SB
60
Key Bridge East
1950
Key Bridge West
1016
MVT Airport South
211
Roosevelt Bridge
82
TR Island Bridge
201
WOD Bon Air Park
409
WOD Bon Air West
432
WOD Columbia Pike
279
WOD East Falls Church
278

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
9839029
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