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?

The average person loses 13 lbs. their first year of commuting by bike.

League of American Cyclists

News Headlines
Metrorail weekend service adjustments August 26-28

August 24, 2016, WMATA

3 things to know about Metro track work: Aug. 22-28

Max Smith, August 21, 2016, WTOP

The tortured transit of bus routes

Linda Poon, August 24, 2016, Citylab

Woman attacked on W&OD Trail in Sterling

Tom Roussey, August 24, 2016, WJLA

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

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110 Trail
311
14th Street Bridge
913
Arlington Mill Trail
499
Ballston Connector
403
Bluemont Connector
324
CC Connector
1108
Clarendon EB bike lane
248
Custis Bon Air Park
1483
Custis Rosslyn
2075
Fairfax EB bike lane
207
Joyce St NB
36
Joyce St SB
36
Key Bridge East
1369
Key Bridge West
853
Military NB bike lane
58
Military SB bike lane
56
MVT Airport South
3025
Quincy NB bike lane
136
Quincy SB bike lane
107
Roosevelt Bridge
616
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1882
TR Island Bridge
1813
WOD Bon Air Park
1297
WOD Bon Air West
1989
WOD Columbia Pike
1082
WOD East Falls Church
1456
Wilson WB bike lane
321

Peds counted

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110 Trail
573
14th Street Bridge
315
Arlington Mill Trail
710
Ballston Connector
562
Bluemont Connector
451
CC Connector
754
Custis Bon Air Park
686
Custis Rosslyn
330
Joyce St NB
55
Joyce St SB
100
Key Bridge East
3112
Key Bridge West
1195
MVT Airport South
343
Roosevelt Bridge
155
TR Island Bridge
1051
WOD Bon Air Park
1002
WOD Bon Air West
1048
WOD Columbia Pike
808
WOD East Falls Church
500

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
6771301
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