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Ways to Get Around the D.C. Area

Photo: ART bus

The Washington, DC area supports a wealth of transportation options other than driving alone. In fact, about forty percent of all trips in the area are made by some means other than single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) trips. Still, as the area's population grows, we will need to reduce the percentage of SOV trips even further, and increase the use of other options, to avoid gridlock.

Transportation options include:

  • The Metro System –- Metrorail, Metrobus, and MetroAccess. Metro is a regional system serving the District of Columbia and jurisdictions in Virginia and Maryland. Metro is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and supported by local jurisdictions.
  • Local Bus Systems -- Each jurisdiction operates its own local bus system. In areas served by the Metro System, local bus routes supplement Metrobus and Metrorail service.
  • Commuter Buses –- Longer bus routes designed to carry commuters from outside the beltway to and from jobs in DC and the close-in suburbs.
  • Commuter Rail –- MARC and VRE rail service. MARC operates between Union Station in DC and points in Maryland. VRE operates between Union Station and points in Virginia. Both provide weekday service aimed primarily at commuters.
  • Intercity Rail & Bus -- Amtrak, Greyhound, Bolt Bus, etc. Long-haul bus service.
  • Walking -- A healthy and environmentally-friendly way of getting around, and an important transportation mode.
  • Bicycling -- A growing percentage of trips in the area are bike trips.
  • Shared Mobility Devices -- Docked and dockless bike-sharing and dockless scooters.
  • Multi-Use Trails -- The DC area has an extensive trail network, used by bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Telework -- Or telecommuting. Working from home or a satellite office one or more days per week.
  • Carpooling -- Carpooling, vanpooling, slugging.
  • Carsharing -- Zipcar, Peer-to-Peer Carsharing.
  • Taxicabs, Uber, Lyft -- Taxicabs and ride-hailing systems are important supplemental and backup options for people who carpool, bike, walk, or use public transportation.
  • Paratransit & Accessible Transit -- Services for people with disabilities.
  • Streetcars

Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
751
14th Street Bridge
1290
Arlington Mill Trail
310
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
360
CC Connector
696
Clarendon EB bike lane
211
Custis Bon Air Park
1088
Custis Rosslyn
1277
Eads NB
93
Eads SB
70
Fairfax EB bike lane
138
Fairfax WB
142
Joyce St NB
70
Joyce St SB
0
Key Bridge East
1092
Key Bridge West
600
Military NB bike lane
46
Military SB bike lane
34
MVT Airport South
638
Quincy NB bike lane
123
Quincy SB bike lane
122
Roosevelt Bridge
448
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1302
TR Island Bridge
1110
WOD Bon Air Park
0
WOD Bon Air West
0
WOD Columbia Pike
1079
Wilson WB bike lane
231

Peds counted

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110 Trail
463
14th Street Bridge
0
Arlington Mill Trail
788
Ballston Connector
1353
Bluemont Connector
1363
CC Connector
706
Custis Bon Air Park
259
Custis Rosslyn
560
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
81
Joyce St SB
0
Key Bridge East
2838
Key Bridge West
765
MVT Airport South
182
Roosevelt Bridge
0
TR Island Bridge
1895
WOD Bon Air Park
0
WOD Bon Air West
0
WOD Columbia Pike
315

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
2173126