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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
172
14th Street Bridge
621
Arlington Mill Trail
106
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
143
CC Connector
188
Clarendon EB bike lane
115
Custis Bon Air Park
379
Custis Rosslyn
418
Eads NB
35
Eads SB
26
Fairfax EB bike lane
63
Fairfax WB
62
Joyce St NB
23
Joyce St SB
0
Key Bridge East
456
Key Bridge West
120
Military NB bike lane
14
Military SB bike lane
16
MVT Airport South
728
Quincy NB bike lane
36
Quincy SB bike lane
43
Roosevelt Bridge
104
Rosslyn Bikeometer
0
TR Island Bridge
359
WOD Bon Air Park
0
WOD Bon Air West
0
WOD Columbia Pike
389
Wilson WB bike lane
105

Peds counted

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110 Trail
465
14th Street Bridge
0
Arlington Mill Trail
1422
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
1176
CC Connector
442
Custis Bon Air Park
561
Custis Rosslyn
562
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
30
Joyce St SB
0
Key Bridge East
1483
Key Bridge West
304
MVT Airport South
422
Roosevelt Bridge
203
TR Island Bridge
1251
WOD Bon Air Park
0
WOD Bon Air West
0
WOD Columbia Pike
515

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
645195