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About ART - Arlington Transit

ART - Arlington Transit operates within Arlington County, Virginia, supplementing Metrobus with smaller, neighborhood-friendly vehicles and providing access to Metrorail and Virginia Railway Express (VRE). Most of ART's state-of-the ART buses operate on clean-burning natural gas; all have climate control to keep you comfortable and dependable schedules to keep you on time.

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ART Overview

Photo: ART bus at Shirlington StationThe Arlington County Department of Environmental Services' Transit Program provides public transportation services to accommodate the needs of Arlington residents, commuters and visitors for community access and mobility to sustain full, active and affordable lifestyles independent of a requirement to operate or own a personal automobile. The integrated network of transit services and facilities developed, coordinated or operated through this program to meet these needs of the Arlington community include: Metrorail, Metrobus, MetroAccess, Arlington Transit (ART), Specialized Transit for Arlington Residents (STAR), Commuter Services, and Virginia Railway Express (VRE).

Transit Operations provides management, implementation and oversight for the County sponsored Arlington Transit (ART) program. Art operates within the 26 square mile boundaries of Arlington (population 193,000). The ART bus service is operated through a contract with a private sector company (currently ATC Vancom, Inc., a competitively procured contract service provider). ART was designed to provide market specific, low impact, innovative, high quality, responsive and cost effective public transportation services to and in partnership with, residents and businesses of Arlington County. The current fleet of 30 ART ADA-accessible buses consists of small, alternative-fueled (compressed natural gas (CNG) buses operating on 12 routes, (various operating times up to 6:00 am to midnight, 7 days a week) as part of a network of bus service coordinated with the 18 Metrobus lines serving the County.

ART is dedicated to providing environmentally friendly local bus service. After the purchase of the first two diesel buses, ART committed to only purchasing alternatively-fueled buses. In an effort to be environmentally friendly, ART purchases buses fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG), making the entire fleet “clean and green.” ART has been a partner with Clean Cities Coalition and the Washington Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (COG) for over four years. Funding for the extra cost of the CNG buses is supplemented with a Clean Cities grant through the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments. ART works with the region by operating under the Regional Fare Policy – charging the same fare as Metrobus, accepting Metrobus tokens and flash passes, as well as accepting transfers from all bus systems in the region. ART also operates two lunch loops as a free service (subsidized by the business community).

ART Policy Oversight

The provision of transit services in Arlington County, including ART, is overseen by the Arlington County Transit Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC is a fifteen-member committee appointed by the County Manager. The TAC usually meets the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at 3033 Wilson Blvd, Room 7A. Ask the guard to let you use the elevator. The TAC currently has a vacancy. If you are interested in joining the TAC, please read more.

Fiscal Year Ridership

Route

FY 08

FY 07

FY 06

FY05

FY04

ART 41

623,539

437,578

331,643

219,396

157,262

ART 42

9,492

6,493

–– –– ––

ART 51

161,703

191,844

138,613

150,222

148,495

ART 52

124,294

111,913

116,883

105,875

112,210

ART 53

79,325

83,019

80,869

73,209

14,361

ART 61

53,701

53,963

54,279

49,252

46,103

ART 62

32,737

32,928

–– –– ––

ART 66

–– –– ––

4,783 (ended July 1, 2005)

5,056

ART 67

11,849

15,314

15,866

11,419

8,938

ART 73

–– ––

4,329 (ended Oct. 2005)

16,671

15,695

ART 74

27,603

26,898

31,328 (Reconfigured route Oct. 2005)

37,866

33,001

ART 75

75,703

77,042

69,047

57,290

42,590

ART 82

25,481

23,449

17,868 (beginning Oct. 2005)

–– ––

ART 90

–– ––

38,229 (Replaced April, 2006 with Metrobus 9S)

55,313

68,394

ART 91

–– –– –– ––

367 (ended)

TOTAL

1,225,427

1,060,441

926,574

788,854

652,472

  • FY 03: 397,001 total passengers
  • FY02: 258,955 total passengers (with the addition in December 2002 of the expanded ART 51 and ART 52)
  • FY01: 147,813 total passengers
  • FY00: 177,151 total passengers
  • FY99: 144,790 total passengers

ADA Accessible

All ART buses are fully accessible with wheelchair lifts and priority seating. TDD is available for deaf and hard of hearing people through Virginia Relay -- dial 711.

PikeRide

PikeRide is a combination of Metrobus and ART service on Columbia Pike in Arlington, coordinated to provide frequent bus service all day and especially during peak hours. Read more.

Connexionz System

The Connexionz system tracks the location of ART 51-52 buses and sends the arrival time of the next bus to your bus stop. Find out more.

Arlington's Urban Villages

ART serves Arlington's unique "Urban Village" neighborhoods, linking them to each other and to Metrorail and other transit systems. In Arlington's Urban Villages, you can live, work, and play... no car required. Read more.

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