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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
1349
14th Street Bridge
1384
Ballston Connector
345
Bluemont Connector
663
CC Connector
900
Clarendon EB bike lane
70
Custis Bon Air Park
653
Custis Rosslyn
1494
Eads NB
58
Eads SB
91
Fairfax EB bike lane
191
Fairfax WB
197
Joyce St NB
64
Joyce St SB
0
Key Bridge East
0
Key Bridge West
629
Military NB bike lane
27
Military SB bike lane
63
MVT Airport South
3194
Quincy NB bike lane
142
Quincy SB bike lane
63
Roosevelt Bridge
421
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1373
TR Island Bridge
0
WOD Bon Air Park
1918
WOD Bon Air West
2583
Wilson WB bike lane
75

Peds counted

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110 Trail
688
14th Street Bridge
217
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
532
CC Connector
478
Custis Bon Air Park
598
Custis Rosslyn
615
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
57
Joyce St SB
160
Key Bridge East
0
Key Bridge West
748
MVT Airport South
448
Roosevelt Bridge
0
TR Island Bridge
0
WOD Bon Air Park
1020
WOD Bon Air West
874

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
4846788