Wherever you choose to reside, you’ll find a myriad of ways to get to and from the office. Most of the area's major thoroughfares can put you just steps from any point in Arlington. Or, leave the car at home and take advantage of the D.C. area's many public transportation options.
About a quarter of Arlington employees choose to reside within the County, the other 76% commute in from all over the D.C. region. The following table captures the commute populations for the Arlington workforce market.
Ranked as one of the top ten Most Walkable Cities by Expedia, Arlington offers nearly 49 miles of paved trails that make getting around easy. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has named Arlington a Gold Walk Friendly Community for the second time. The County is one of only 15 communities across the country to have received a Gold rating. This program recognizes communities for working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access and comfort.
With more than 50 miles of trails and countless low-stress bike routes, it is easy to commute on two wheels in Arlington. Arlington County has earned the Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists for the County's bike-friendly infrastructure.
Making it easy to bike to work is Capital Bikeshare, the D.C. metro area's bikeshare service with over 4,000 bikes and 500 docking stations. Now you don't have to own a bike to take part in this quick, convenient mode of transportation.
One of Arlington's newest commuting options, e-scooters grew quickly in popularity with seven e-scooter operators currently permitted in the County. E-scooters are often used as a complement to public transportation options allowing for a quick trip to a Metro station or bus stop.
Washington, D.C. is ranked as the country's Top City for Public Transportation by SmartAsset. The region is also ranked as 3rd in the country, behind New York and San Francisco, for the share of its population utilizing transit modes other than driving alone for their commute.
The D.C. region is home to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which operates the second-largest heavy rail transit system in the U.S. Currently, the Metrorail system (Metro) serves 91 stations in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. The Metro has six color-coded rail lines (Red, Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green) and the uniquely designed layout of the system makes it possible to travel between any two stations with no more than one transfer. There is currently a $6.8B Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project which will bring the Metro's Silver Line into Fairfax and Loudoun Counties by 2020.
WMATA also operates the D.C. region's Metrobus. Metrobus is the sixth busiest bus agency in the U.S., with a fleet of over 1,500 buses operating on 325 routes and serving 11,500 bus stops in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Many localities operate their own local bus systems. In Arlington, Arlington Transit (ART) offers 16 stops located throughout the County. Many ART routes connect with Metrorail, Metrobus and other local bus services for efficiency in commuting. Other local bus systems include the DC Circulator, Alexandria DASH, Faifax Connector, Prince William County's Omniride and the Loudoun Country Transit and Commuter Service.
If driving is your preferred mode of transportation, the length of your commute will be of particular interest. Below, select a commute time you're comfortable with to see which communities you could call home while working in Arlington.