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

Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

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110 Trail
767
14th Street Bridge
2388
Arlington Mill Trail
355
Ballston Connector
397
Bluemont Connector
200
CC Connector
634
Clarendon EB bike lane
246
Custis Bon Air Park
1276
Custis Rosslyn
1860
Fairfax EB bike lane
174
Joyce St NB
30
Joyce St SB
35
Key Bridge East
1288
Key Bridge West
843
Military NB bike lane
52
Military SB bike lane
59
MVT Airport South
2314
Quincy NB bike lane
123
Quincy SB bike lane
134
Roosevelt Bridge
532
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1614
TR Island Bridge
1497
WOD Bon Air Park
880
WOD Bon Air West
1653
WOD Columbia Pike
750
WOD East Falls Church
1252
Wilson WB bike lane
280

Peds counted

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110 Trail
546
14th Street Bridge
217
Arlington Mill Trail
1198
Ballston Connector
215
Bluemont Connector
240
CC Connector
318
Custis Bon Air Park
306
Custis Rosslyn
261
Joyce St NB
47
Joyce St SB
70
Key Bridge East
1149
Key Bridge West
0
MVT Airport South
125
Roosevelt Bridge
106
TR Island Bridge
414
WOD Bon Air Park
359
WOD Bon Air West
427
WOD Columbia Pike
450
WOD East Falls Church
255

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
5932194
About Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counter Program