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.

Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
14th Street Bridge
1511
Ballston Connector
241
Bluemont Connector
161
CC Connector
583
Clarendon EB bike lane
215
Crystal SB bike lane
83
Custis Bon Air Park
761
Custis Rosslyn
1176
Fairfax EB bike lane
148
Joyce St NB
23
Joyce St SB
31
Key Bridge East
974
Key Bridge West
650
Military NB bike lane
26
Military SB bike lane
28
MVT Airport South
1632
Quincy NB bike lane
57
Quincy SB bike lane
88
Roosevelt Bridge
396
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1059
TR Island Bridge
1889
WOD Bon Air Park
712
WOD Bon Air West
1108
WOD Columbia Pike
654
WOD East Falls Church
812
Wilson WB bike lane
267

Peds counted

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14th Street Bridge
307
Ballston Connector
453
Bluemont Connector
310
CC Connector
497
Custis Bon Air Park
499
Custis Rosslyn
328
Joyce St NB
90
Joyce St SB
112
Key Bridge East
2333
Key Bridge West
1049
MVT Airport South
368
Roosevelt Bridge
123
TR Island Bridge
1533
WOD Bon Air Park
1473
WOD Bon Air West
595
WOD Columbia Pike
553
WOD East Falls Church
417

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
7223230
About Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counter Program

News Headlines
Midsummer update on transportation projects

Robert Thomson, July 29, 2015, Washington Post

BMW's plan to prevent electric cars from overwhelming the grid

Julian Spector, July 29, 2015, Citylab

D.C. lines up subsidies to expand accessible taxi fleet

Martin Di Caro, July 29, 2015, WAMU

New park-and-ride option for Silver Line [video]

July 28, 2015, NBC Washington

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