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Ways to Get Around the D.C. Area

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
1558
14th Street Bridge
2420
Ballston Connector
328
Bluemont Connector
730
CC Connector
954
Clarendon EB bike lane
7
Custis Bon Air Park
1391
Custis Rosslyn
1667
Eads NB
59
Eads SB
115
Fairfax EB bike lane
200
Fairfax WB
259
Joyce St NB
77
Joyce St SB
47
Key Bridge East
1760
Key Bridge West
812
Military NB bike lane
107
Military SB bike lane
47
MVT Airport South
4106
Quincy NB bike lane
156
Quincy SB bike lane
44
Roosevelt Bridge
593
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1606
TR Island Bridge
2199
WOD Bon Air Park
2343
WOD Bon Air West
2568
Wilson WB bike lane
222

Peds counted

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110 Trail
831
14th Street Bridge
196
Ballston Connector
471
Bluemont Connector
542
CC Connector
577
Custis Bon Air Park
0
Custis Rosslyn
543
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
70
Joyce St SB
129
Key Bridge East
1463
Key Bridge West
546
MVT Airport South
465
Roosevelt Bridge
143
TR Island Bridge
1068
WOD Bon Air Park
1182
WOD Bon Air West
994

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
4718444