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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

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110 Trail
170
14th Street Bridge
283
Ballston Connector
36
Bluemont Connector
0
CC Connector
102
Clarendon EB bike lane
25
Custis Bon Air Park
192
Custis Rosslyn
235
Eads NB
30
Eads SB
54
Fairfax EB bike lane
31
Fairfax WB
43
Joyce St NB
12
Joyce St SB
2
Key Bridge East
331
Key Bridge West
137
Military NB bike lane
23
Military SB bike lane
15
MVT Airport South
370
Quincy NB bike lane
15
Quincy SB bike lane
34
Roosevelt Bridge
51
Rosslyn Bikeometer
802
TR Island Bridge
0
WOD Bon Air Park
289
WOD Bon Air West
352
Wilson WB bike lane
139

Peds counted

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110 Trail
209
14th Street Bridge
74
Ballston Connector
182
Bluemont Connector
228
CC Connector
164
Custis Bon Air Park
254
Custis Rosslyn
291
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
3
Joyce St SB
549
Key Bridge East
992
Key Bridge West
267
MVT Airport South
126
Roosevelt Bridge
107
TR Island Bridge
0
WOD Bon Air Park
375
WOD Bon Air West
330

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
8739396