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.

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

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110 Trail
488
14th Street Bridge
2244
Arlington Mill Trail
349
Ballston Connector
189
Bluemont Connector
158
CC Connector
518
Clarendon EB bike lane
159
Custis Bon Air Park
588
Custis Rosslyn
1064
Fairfax EB bike lane
113
Joyce St NB
26
Joyce St SB
22
Key Bridge East
770
Key Bridge West
529
Military NB bike lane
19
Military SB bike lane
23
MVT Airport South
1413
Quincy NB bike lane
87
Quincy SB bike lane
67
Roosevelt Bridge
355
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1859
TR Island Bridge
801
WOD Bon Air Park
447
WOD Bon Air West
755
WOD Columbia Pike
407
WOD East Falls Church
547
Wilson WB bike lane
89

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
1130
14th Street Bridge
468
Arlington Mill Trail
912
Ballston Connector
553
Bluemont Connector
461
CC Connector
830
Custis Bon Air Park
512
Custis Rosslyn
654
Joyce St NB
66
Joyce St SB
120
Key Bridge East
3081
Key Bridge West
1445
MVT Airport South
418
Roosevelt Bridge
146
TR Island Bridge
1076
WOD Bon Air Park
661
WOD Bon Air West
786
WOD Columbia Pike
641
WOD East Falls Church
432

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
1862077
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