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?

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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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
262
14th Street Bridge
1513
Arlington Mill Trail
211
Ballston Connector
245
Bluemont Connector
147
CC Connector
0
Clarendon EB bike lane
138
Custis Bon Air Park
0
Custis Rosslyn
1052
Fairfax EB bike lane
0
Joyce St NB
25
Joyce St SB
21
Key Bridge East
1104
Key Bridge West
686
Military NB bike lane
34
Military SB bike lane
26
MVT Airport South
1014
Quincy NB bike lane
71
Quincy SB bike lane
66
Roosevelt Bridge
506
Rosslyn Bikeometer
898
TR Island Bridge
892
WOD Bon Air Park
467
WOD Bon Air West
848
WOD Columbia Pike
424
WOD East Falls Church
600
Wilson WB bike lane
168

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
547
14th Street Bridge
234
Arlington Mill Trail
586
Ballston Connector
401
Bluemont Connector
282
CC Connector
0
Custis Bon Air Park
0
Custis Rosslyn
410
Joyce St NB
48
Joyce St SB
62
Key Bridge East
2091
Key Bridge West
1165
MVT Airport South
254
Roosevelt Bridge
87
TR Island Bridge
646
WOD Bon Air Park
499
WOD Bon Air West
506
WOD Columbia Pike
549
WOD East Falls Church
316

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
230024
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