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Commuter Rail - MARC & VRE

COVID-19 and Transit Service


The Washington, DC area has two commuter rail services: VRE - Virginia Railway Express and MARC - Maryland Area Regional Commuter. Pre-pandemic, the combined average weekday ridership approached 60,000 passengers; about 40,000 each day for MARC and about 20,000 each day for VRE.

VRE operates Monday through Friday between Union Station in Washington, DC and stations in Virginia, along two lines, the Manassas Line and the Fredericksburg Line. VRE is a joint project of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC). More information at vre.org.

MARC provides service between Union Station in Washington, DC and stations in Maryland, along three lines, the Penn, Camden, and Brunswick lines. All three lines operate Monday through Friday, the Penn Line also provides service on weekends. MARC is operated by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), a division of the Maryland Department of Transportation. In addition to MARC, MTA also operates local bus, commuter bus, light rail, and subway services in Maryland. More information at mta.maryland.gov/marc-train.

SmartBenefits® and Commuter Rail

VRE and MARC do not accept SmarTrip®, but riders who receive SmartBenefits® from their employer can still use their benefits to purchase tickets. CommuterDirect.com offers a SmartBenefits personal account service.  VRE and MARC riders can apply their SmartBenefits to their CommuterDirect.com® account and purchase tickets and passes through CommuterDirect.com.® Customers can choose to have tickets delivered to them, or pick up their tickets at any of the five locations of The Commuter Store.® More about SmarTrip and SmartBenefits.

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

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110 Trail
45
14th Street Bridge
84
Arlington Mill Trail
32
Ballston Connector
130
Bluemont Connector
31
CC Connector
41
Clarendon EB bike lane
0
Custis Bon Air Park
222
Custis Rosslyn
98
Eads NB
15
Eads SB
13
Fairfax EB bike lane
18
Fairfax WB
43
Joyce St NB
56
Joyce St SB
0
Key Bridge East
212
Key Bridge West
87
Military NB bike lane
33
Military SB bike lane
16
MVT Airport South
1174
Quincy NB bike lane
12
Quincy SB bike lane
14
Roosevelt Bridge
8
Rosslyn Bikeometer
89
TR Island Bridge
55
WOD Bon Air Park
376
WOD Bon Air West
0
WOD Columbia Pike
82
Wilson WB bike lane
33

Peds counted

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110 Trail
0
14th Street Bridge
237
Arlington Mill Trail
1493
Ballston Connector
21
Bluemont Connector
978
CC Connector
266
Custis Bon Air Park
297
Custis Rosslyn
473
Eads NB
0
Eads SB
0
Fairfax WB
0
Joyce St NB
104
Joyce St SB
5
Key Bridge East
2141
Key Bridge West
366
MVT Airport South
367
Roosevelt Bridge
168
TR Island Bridge
1078
WOD Bon Air Park
448
WOD Bon Air West
0
WOD Columbia Pike
699

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
5893220