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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
515
14th Street Bridge
631
Arlington Mill Trail
106
Ballston Connector
95
Bluemont Connector
0
CC Connector
193
Clarendon EB bike lane
4
Custis Bon Air Park
256
Custis Rosslyn
419
Eads NB
35
Eads SB
14
Fairfax EB bike lane
69
Fairfax WB
76
Joyce St NB
25
Joyce St SB
34
Key Bridge East
486
Key Bridge West
341
Military NB bike lane
19
Military SB bike lane
32
MVT Airport South
573
Quincy NB bike lane
53
Quincy SB bike lane
60
Roosevelt Bridge
142
Rosslyn Bikeometer
295
TR Island Bridge
356
WOD Bon Air Park
230
WOD Bon Air West
219
WOD Columbia Pike
276
Wilson WB bike lane
113

Peds counted

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110 Trail
694
14th Street Bridge
184
Arlington Mill Trail
837
Ballston Connector
384
Bluemont Connector
728
CC Connector
345
Custis Bon Air Park
585
Custis Rosslyn
575
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
59
Joyce St SB
83
Key Bridge East
1569
Key Bridge West
474
MVT Airport South
306
Roosevelt Bridge
3
TR Island Bridge
1014
WOD Bon Air Park
959
WOD Bon Air West
794
WOD Columbia Pike
660

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
2009449