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.

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Robert Thomson, May 4, 2016, Washington Post

Metrorail weekend service adjustments May 6-8

May 2, 2016, WMATA

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
436
14th Street Bridge
1491
Arlington Mill Trail
269
Ballston Connector
223
Bluemont Connector
187
CC Connector
469
Clarendon EB bike lane
167
Custis Bon Air Park
744
Custis Rosslyn
0
Fairfax EB bike lane
107
Joyce St SB
17
Key Bridge East
817
Key Bridge West
646
Military NB bike lane
48
Military SB bike lane
34
Quincy NB bike lane
86
Quincy SB bike lane
70
Roosevelt Bridge
396
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1082
TR Island Bridge
921
WOD Bon Air Park
480
WOD Bon Air West
978
WOD Columbia Pike
437
WOD East Falls Church
671
Wilson WB bike lane
186

Peds counted

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110 Trail
553
14th Street Bridge
313
Arlington Mill Trail
622
Ballston Connector
263
Bluemont Connector
337
CC Connector
427
Custis Bon Air Park
446
Custis Rosslyn
1252
Joyce St SB
93
Key Bridge East
2006
Key Bridge West
1129
Roosevelt Bridge
105
TR Island Bridge
617
WOD Bon Air Park
684
WOD Bon Air West
724
WOD Columbia Pike
406
WOD East Falls Church
297

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
2665525
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