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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
924
14th Street Bridge
1385
Ballston Connector
221
Bluemont Connector
481
CC Connector
608
Clarendon EB bike lane
5
Custis Bon Air Park
878
Custis Rosslyn
989
Eads NB
67
Eads SB
54
Fairfax EB bike lane
160
Fairfax WB
189
Joyce St NB
51
Joyce St SB
0
Key Bridge East
758
Key Bridge West
426
Military NB bike lane
24
Military SB bike lane
47
MVT Airport South
1682
Quincy NB bike lane
116
Quincy SB bike lane
61
Roosevelt Bridge
0
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1377
TR Island Bridge
0
WOD Bon Air Park
1066
WOD Bon Air West
1179
Wilson WB bike lane
28

Peds counted

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110 Trail
788
14th Street Bridge
262
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
617
CC Connector
616
Custis Bon Air Park
728
Custis Rosslyn
641
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
35
Joyce St SB
25
Key Bridge East
1857
Key Bridge West
545
MVT Airport South
445
Roosevelt Bridge
0
TR Island Bridge
0
WOD Bon Air Park
1137
WOD Bon Air West
1064

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
6152169