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
259
14th Street Bridge
2429
Arlington Mill Trail
311
Ballston Connector
342
Bluemont Connector
160
CC Connector
464
Clarendon EB bike lane
130
Custis Bon Air Park
359
Custis Rosslyn
818
Fairfax EB bike lane
90
Joyce St NB
20
Joyce St SB
26
Key Bridge East
754
Key Bridge West
372
Military NB bike lane
52
Military SB bike lane
54
MVT Airport South
1423
Quincy NB bike lane
69
Quincy SB bike lane
62
Roosevelt Bridge
150
Rosslyn Bikeometer
773
TR Island Bridge
973
WOD Bon Air Park
1141
WOD Bon Air West
1376
WOD Columbia Pike
948
WOD East Falls Church
1099
Wilson WB bike lane
169

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
821
14th Street Bridge
358
Arlington Mill Trail
981
Ballston Connector
471
Bluemont Connector
452
CC Connector
686
Custis Bon Air Park
236
Custis Rosslyn
606
Joyce St NB
87
Joyce St SB
141
Key Bridge East
3748
Key Bridge West
1685
MVT Airport South
392
Roosevelt Bridge
140
TR Island Bridge
1159
WOD Bon Air Park
635
WOD Bon Air West
765
WOD Columbia Pike
652
WOD East Falls Church
393

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
1256497
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