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?

Arlington County has 50 miles of shared-use, off-street trails.

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
622
14th Street Bridge
2373
Arlington Mill Trail
293
Ballston Connector
243
Bluemont Connector
236
CC Connector
222
Clarendon EB bike lane
196
Custis Bon Air Park
976
Custis Rosslyn
1601
Fairfax EB bike lane
164
Joyce St NB
27
Joyce St SB
26
Key Bridge East
1011
Key Bridge West
669
Military NB bike lane
48
Military SB bike lane
39
MVT Airport South
1962
Quincy NB bike lane
81
Quincy SB bike lane
78
Roosevelt Bridge
496
Rosslyn Bikeometer
0
TR Island Bridge
0
WOD Bon Air Park
783
WOD Bon Air West
1316
WOD Columbia Pike
583
WOD East Falls Church
1020
Wilson WB bike lane
321

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
524
14th Street Bridge
179
Arlington Mill Trail
539
Ballston Connector
358
Bluemont Connector
327
CC Connector
422
Custis Bon Air Park
459
Custis Rosslyn
432
Joyce St NB
68
Joyce St SB
113
Key Bridge East
2163
Key Bridge West
1027
MVT Airport South
321
Roosevelt Bridge
84
TR Island Bridge
1608
WOD Bon Air Park
596
WOD Bon Air West
578
WOD Columbia Pike
445
WOD East Falls Church
375

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
3485925
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