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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
506
14th Street Bridge
1555
Arlington Mill Trail
0
Ballston Connector
255
Bluemont Connector
0
CC Connector
550
Clarendon EB bike lane
144
Custis Bon Air Park
871
Custis Rosslyn
410
Eads NB
89
Eads SB
85
Fairfax EB bike lane
142
Fairfax WB
170
Joyce St NB
48
Joyce St SB
33
Key Bridge East
1085
Key Bridge West
323
Military NB bike lane
33
Military SB bike lane
35
MVT Airport South
1825
Quincy NB bike lane
110
Quincy SB bike lane
96
Roosevelt Bridge
274
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1060
TR Island Bridge
983
WOD Bon Air Park
1076
WOD Bon Air West
1287
WOD Columbia Pike
1235
Wilson WB bike lane
212

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
729
14th Street Bridge
201
Arlington Mill Trail
0
Ballston Connector
13
Bluemont Connector
740
CC Connector
161
Custis Bon Air Park
681
Custis Rosslyn
993
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
58
Joyce St SB
80
Key Bridge East
2050
Key Bridge West
269
MVT Airport South
293
Roosevelt Bridge
70
TR Island Bridge
944
WOD Bon Air Park
927
WOD Bon Air West
1126
WOD Columbia Pike
647

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
3790021