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 County Transit Options Map (PDF, 4.1 MB, Adobe Reader required.)

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.

METRO’S TRIP PLANNER: To find the train or bus you need, just visit Metro's Trip Planner – type in your starting and ending addresses, and it’ll show you exactly how to get there.

ONLINE SCHEDULES: CommuterPage.com offers online schedules for all Northern Virginia transit systems, including Virginia Railway Express (VRE) and local bus services like ART, CUE, DASH, Fairfax Connector, Loudoun County Transit, and PRTC OmniRide and OmniLink.

SCHEDULES FOR MOBILE DEVICES: Transit schedules and other tools for mobile devices are available at CommuterPage.com/mobile.

ART RIDER TOOLS: Visit ART's Rider Tools page for links to many of the tools already mentioned, and also ART RealTime arrival information, Point-to-Point, Facebook apps, Google Gadgets, and more tools for smartphones.

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.

Did You Know?

Adolescents who participate in bicycling more than four times a week are 48% less likely to be overweight as adults.

Menschik, D., et al., 2008

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