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?

11 Metrorail stops are located in Arlington.

Upcoming Events
Memorial Day

Monday, May 30, 2016

Community Check In: Transit Service on Lee Highway Meeting

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Metro SafeTrack Surge Project 1 begins

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Comfort Confrontation: A Community Bike Ride

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

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110 Trail
899
14th Street Bridge
3023
Arlington Mill Trail
510
Ballston Connector
481
Bluemont Connector
299
CC Connector
1059
Clarendon EB bike lane
258
Custis Bon Air Park
1660
Custis Rosslyn
2336
Fairfax EB bike lane
203
Joyce St SB
19
Key Bridge East
1599
Key Bridge West
959
Military NB bike lane
64
Military SB bike lane
55
Quincy NB bike lane
121
Quincy SB bike lane
134
Roosevelt Bridge
681
Rosslyn Bikeometer
2083
TR Island Bridge
2050
WOD Bon Air Park
1237
WOD Bon Air West
2375
WOD Columbia Pike
1162
WOD East Falls Church
1751
Wilson WB bike lane
339

Peds counted

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110 Trail
1042
14th Street Bridge
1562
Arlington Mill Trail
1262
Ballston Connector
760
Bluemont Connector
482
CC Connector
2
Custis Bon Air Park
748
Custis Rosslyn
691
Joyce St SB
138
Key Bridge East
3702
Key Bridge West
1523
Roosevelt Bridge
330
TR Island Bridge
1414
WOD Bon Air Park
1067
WOD Bon Air West
1175
WOD Columbia Pike
1060
WOD East Falls Church
325

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
3201698
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