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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
798
14th Street Bridge
1110
Ballston Connector
201
Bluemont Connector
558
CC Connector
394
Clarendon EB bike lane
7
Custis Bon Air Park
734
Custis Rosslyn
983
Eads NB
63
Eads SB
97
Fairfax EB bike lane
142
Fairfax WB
167
Joyce St NB
37
Joyce St SB
27
Key Bridge East
1200
Key Bridge West
418
Military NB bike lane
59
Military SB bike lane
23
MVT Airport South
1385
Quincy NB bike lane
105
Quincy SB bike lane
57
Roosevelt Bridge
222
Rosslyn Bikeometer
831
TR Island Bridge
850
WOD Bon Air Park
484
WOD Bon Air West
1402
Wilson WB bike lane
222

Peds counted

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110 Trail
845
14th Street Bridge
207
Ballston Connector
1276
Bluemont Connector
670
CC Connector
492
Custis Bon Air Park
0
Custis Rosslyn
718
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
96
Joyce St SB
101
Key Bridge East
2422
Key Bridge West
567
MVT Airport South
448
Roosevelt Bridge
32
TR Island Bridge
1131
WOD Bon Air Park
1543
WOD Bon Air West
920

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
6512704