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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
658
14th Street Bridge
1172
Ballston Connector
202
Bluemont Connector
430
CC Connector
367
Clarendon EB bike lane
7
Custis Bon Air Park
235
Custis Rosslyn
841
Eads NB
34
Eads SB
54
Fairfax EB bike lane
82
Fairfax WB
105
Joyce St NB
28
Joyce St SB
18
Key Bridge East
1200
Key Bridge West
318
Military NB bike lane
48
Military SB bike lane
39
MVT Airport South
1712
Quincy NB bike lane
71
Quincy SB bike lane
42
Roosevelt Bridge
202
Rosslyn Bikeometer
726
TR Island Bridge
65
WOD Bon Air Park
1037
WOD Bon Air West
1284
Wilson WB bike lane
222

Peds counted

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110 Trail
915
14th Street Bridge
140
Ballston Connector
1450
Bluemont Connector
510
CC Connector
452
Custis Bon Air Park
0
Custis Rosslyn
645
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
61
Joyce St SB
91
Key Bridge East
2422
Key Bridge West
513
MVT Airport South
449
Roosevelt Bridge
262
TR Island Bridge
230
WOD Bon Air Park
1125
WOD Bon Air West
684

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
7077384