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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
189
14th Street Bridge
749
Arlington Mill Trail
67
Ballston Connector
130
Bluemont Connector
90
CC Connector
206
Clarendon EB bike lane
1
Custis Bon Air Park
296
Custis Rosslyn
480
Eads NB
17
Eads SB
35
Fairfax EB bike lane
57
Fairfax WB
72
Joyce St NB
56
Joyce St SB
0
Key Bridge East
454
Key Bridge West
348
Military NB bike lane
12
Military SB bike lane
7
MVT Airport South
573
Quincy NB bike lane
44
Quincy SB bike lane
34
Roosevelt Bridge
166
Rosslyn Bikeometer
456
TR Island Bridge
333
WOD Bon Air Park
376
WOD Bon Air West
0
WOD Columbia Pike
234
Wilson WB bike lane
109

Peds counted

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110 Trail
0
14th Street Bridge
71
Arlington Mill Trail
597
Ballston Connector
21
Bluemont Connector
535
CC Connector
132
Custis Bon Air Park
239
Custis Rosslyn
275
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
63
Joyce St SB
5
Key Bridge East
1827
Key Bridge West
406
MVT Airport South
153
Roosevelt Bridge
86
TR Island Bridge
246
WOD Bon Air Park
448
WOD Bon Air West
0
WOD Columbia Pike
291

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
5997649