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, 1.8 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?

Each U.S. rush-hour auto commuter spends an average of 50 hours a year stuck in traffic.

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:

YouTube
Facebook
Twitter

Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
624
14th Street Bridge
2381
Arlington Mill Trail
366
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
212
CC Connector
830
Clarendon EB bike lane
247
Custis Bon Air Park
1152
Custis Rosslyn
1788
Fairfax EB bike lane
168
Joyce St NB
40
Joyce St SB
38
Key Bridge East
1319
Key Bridge West
882
Military NB bike lane
34
Military SB bike lane
35
MVT Airport South
2328
Quincy NB bike lane
97
Quincy SB bike lane
80
Roosevelt Bridge
655
Rosslyn Bikeometer
0
TR Island Bridge
1448
WOD Bon Air Park
882
WOD Bon Air West
1551
WOD Columbia Pike
734
WOD East Falls Church
1148
Wilson WB bike lane
307

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
862
14th Street Bridge
524
Arlington Mill Trail
694
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
401
CC Connector
636
Custis Bon Air Park
643
Custis Rosslyn
314
Joyce St NB
79
Joyce St SB
111
Key Bridge East
3511
Key Bridge West
1254
MVT Airport South
241
Roosevelt Bridge
191
TR Island Bridge
1379
WOD Bon Air Park
858
WOD Bon Air West
662
WOD Columbia Pike
1028
WOD East Falls Church
0

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
6506692
About Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counter Program