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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
554
14th Street Bridge
806
Ballston Connector
160
Bluemont Connector
316
CC Connector
359
Clarendon EB bike lane
7
Custis Bon Air Park
573
Custis Rosslyn
640
Eads NB
34
Eads SB
69
Fairfax EB bike lane
109
Fairfax WB
130
Joyce St NB
20
Joyce St SB
17
Key Bridge East
528
Key Bridge West
329
Military NB bike lane
61
Military SB bike lane
39
MVT Airport South
948
Quincy NB bike lane
70
Quincy SB bike lane
58
Roosevelt Bridge
144
Rosslyn Bikeometer
505
TR Island Bridge
568
WOD Bon Air Park
797
WOD Bon Air West
900
Wilson WB bike lane
222

Peds counted

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110 Trail
932
14th Street Bridge
279
Ballston Connector
549
Bluemont Connector
625
CC Connector
560
Custis Bon Air Park
0
Custis Rosslyn
657
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
83
Joyce St SB
134
Key Bridge East
1607
Key Bridge West
578
MVT Airport South
531
Roosevelt Bridge
169
TR Island Bridge
1184
WOD Bon Air Park
1079
WOD Bon Air West
861

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
5987463