transit options for essential employees
Public transportation service in the DC metro area is ever-changing, as new regulations on social distancing are being released. The general public should stay at home and only venture outside for essential trips. Essential trips include travel for medical providers and hospital staff, critical government functions, and individuals helping with COVID-19 response to the community.
Transit systems in the area are encouraging the public to either walk or use another form of transportation for essential trips if possible, but to otherwise practice social distancing. See below for how the transit systems that service Arlington, Virginia are changing.
Metrorail and Metrobus service
WMATA Re-opening Update (06/22/2020):
Metro announced that 15 rail stations—closed as part of the agency's COVID-19 response— will reopen on Sunday, June 28. More buses will also be added to the 14 busiest bus lines to provide more capacity and more frequent service as the region reopens, starting on Monday, June 29, 2020.
You can read more about the rail stations reopening and the additional bus lines in WMATA's press release.
All subscription trips remain canceled. Please limit all travel to only the most essential.
ART Bus service
Arlington Transit is also reducing service and implementing Saturday schedules for these lines:
- ART Bus 41 Columbia Pike - Ballston - Courthouse
- ART Bus 42 Ballston - Pentagon (terminating at the Pentagon instead of Pentagon City)
- ART Bus 43 Courthouse - Rosslyn - Crystal City (every 20 minutes from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on its weekday route)
- ART Bus 45 Columbia Pike - DHS/Sequoia - Rosslyn (starts service at 6:30 a.m.)
- ART Bus 51 Ballston - Virginia Hospital Center
- ART Bus 55 East Falls Church - Lee Highway - Rosslyn
- ART Bus 77 Shirlington - Lyon Park - Courthouse
- ART Bus 87 Pentagon Metro - Army Navy Drive - Shirlington (terminating at the Pentagon instead of Pentagon City)
Riders should enter from the rear door for the safety of ART bus drivers. Bus fare will not be collected at this time and it is not necessary to pass the farebox at the front of the bus. Riders who need to use the wheelchair ramp can use the front entrance.
Specialized Transit for Arlington Residents (STAR) is running on its normal schedule, but should be used for essential trips only. Service will be monitored on a daily basis and may be subject to change.
Commuter Trains and Buses
VRE: As of March 17, due to falling ridership, VRE has been running an "S" schedule on each of its two lines, Fredericksburg and Manassas. There will be only eight trains in service—four inbound each morning and four outbound each afternoon. Read more about VRE service changes here.
MARC: As of March 17, only "R" trains will operate, supplemented by additional trains on the Penn and Brunswick lines. Find out more about service updates on the MARC train here.
AMTRAK: As of March 16, Amtrak has been operating at 40% of their typical Northeast Corridor schedules. In addition to reduced service on the Acela trains from New York City to Washington, the cafe car will be closed on some trips between the two cities as well. Amtrak will also wave change fees on existing and new reservations made before April 30, 2020. Find out more on Amtrak's website.
Fairfax Connector is still running on a normal schedule. Fare collection is temporarily suspended and riders are required to enter and exit the bus using the rear doors. This does not apply to riders who need to use a wheelchair ramp. Stay up to date on Fairfax Connector status here.
DC Circulator: As of April 7, the DC Circulator will operate weekdays from 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and weekends between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Passengers will ride for free and are asked to board and exit through the rear of the bus. Persons who require wheelchair services will continue to board at the front door. Read more about the DC Circulator service changes.
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