4 Easy Steps to Start Riding Transit

1. Find Your Bus or Train

Step outside anywhere in Arlington County, and there’s a good chance you’ll find a bus or Metrorail line nearby. If you see a stop near you, note its route number, letter or line color. Or download the Arlington's Car-Free Diet Map (PDF, 3.6 MB, Adobe Reader required.) If you don't know what bus or train to take there are a few options you can use:

CAR-FREE NEAR ME: Enter your address and it shows you all the transit options nearby with real-time arrivals for Metrorail, Metrobus, Arlington Transit-ART, DC Circulator, Capital Bikeshare and Zipcar, Montgomery County RideOn and Prince George's County The Bus.

CAR-FREE A TO Z: Plan your trip and compare transit options for the greater DC region. Just type in your start and end points and get step-by-step directions, travel times, and cost comparisons. Transit options include bus, rail, bike, walking, Capital Bikeshare and trips that combine more than one option.

METRO’S TRIP PLANNER: Type in your starting and ending addresses, and it’ll show you how to get there using Metrorail or Metrobus.

2. Check the Time

There are lots of places to find out what time you can catch a bus or train – information posted at bus stops, printed schedules at any Commuter Store, Metro's Trip Planner, CommuterPage.com online schedules, CommuterPage.com Mobile Services, Arlington Transit's Rider Tools, or by phone at 703-228-RIDE (7433). Since traffic can affect bus schedules, try to get to your stop five to ten minutes ahead of time.

3. Go to Your Stop

All ART, Metrobus and Metrorail stops are clearly marked with distinctive signage. Find one of these signs, and you’ve just found a stop:

Photo: ART bus stop sign Photo: Metrobus bus stop sign Photo: Metrorail station sign
ART Metrobus Metrorail

4. Climb Aboard

When a bus or train arrives, check its line number and route name to make sure it’s the one you want. Have your SmarTrip card out and ready to tap on the fare box or make sure you have the exact fare in cash.

Did You Know?

The average person loses 13 lbs. their first year of commuting by bike.

League of American Cyclists

Share Your Tips

Have a little trick for shaving 10 minutes off your commute? Know an easy bike route to work? Share your tips with other Car-Free Dieters on any of our social networking pages:

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
502
14th Street Bridge
1797
Arlington Mill Trail
362
Ballston Connector
365
Bluemont Connector
215
CC Connector
0
Clarendon EB bike lane
189
Custis Bon Air Park
978
Custis Rosslyn
1065
Fairfax EB bike lane
134
Joyce St NB
34
Joyce St SB
30
Key Bridge East
895
Key Bridge West
415
Military NB bike lane
48
Military SB bike lane
40
MVT Airport South
2097
Quincy NB bike lane
105
Quincy SB bike lane
70
Roosevelt Bridge
250
Rosslyn Bikeometer
0
TR Island Bridge
0
WOD Bon Air Park
1392
WOD Bon Air West
1690
WOD Columbia Pike
1190
WOD East Falls Church
0
Wilson WB bike lane
243

Peds counted

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110 Trail
630
14th Street Bridge
348
Arlington Mill Trail
527
Ballston Connector
319
Bluemont Connector
255
CC Connector
0
Custis Bon Air Park
468
Custis Rosslyn
389
Joyce St NB
52
Joyce St SB
63
Key Bridge East
2015
Key Bridge West
876
MVT Airport South
240
Roosevelt Bridge
148
TR Island Bridge
1373
WOD Bon Air Park
586
WOD Bon Air West
687
WOD Columbia Pike
641
WOD East Falls Church
8

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
5221325
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