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?

Each U.S. rush-hour auto commuter spends an average of 50 hours a year stuck in traffic.

League of American Cyclists

CommuterPage.com News
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Metro board chair to Md., Va.: This is the time to act

Max Smith, March 24, 2017, WTOP

Metro adjusts for cherry blossom crowds

Kristi King, March 24, 2017, WTOP

Acela train derails in New York

Lori Aratani, March 24, 2017, Washington Post

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

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110 Trail
905
14th Street Bridge
1503
Arlington Mill Trail
605
Ballston Connector
324
Bluemont Connector
231
CC Connector
1190
Clarendon EB bike lane
201
Custis Bon Air Park
1595
Custis Rosslyn
1878
Fairfax EB bike lane
144
Joyce St NB
32
Joyce St SB
41
Key Bridge East
1577
Key Bridge West
698
Military NB bike lane
59
Military SB bike lane
47
MVT Airport South
4164
Quincy NB bike lane
121
Quincy SB bike lane
100
Roosevelt Bridge
510
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1859
TR Island Bridge
2372
WOD Bon Air Park
2136
WOD Bon Air West
2598
WOD Columbia Pike
1809
WOD East Falls Church
2103
Wilson WB bike lane
256

Peds counted

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110 Trail
472
14th Street Bridge
381
Arlington Mill Trail
603
Ballston Connector
322
Bluemont Connector
304
CC Connector
401
Custis Bon Air Park
340
Custis Rosslyn
408
Joyce St NB
43
Joyce St SB
88
Key Bridge East
2335
Key Bridge West
1324
MVT Airport South
229
Roosevelt Bridge
62
TR Island Bridge
576
WOD Bon Air Park
439
WOD Bon Air West
643
WOD Columbia Pike
303
WOD East Falls Church
306

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
1778929
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