ART Bus Series: ART 87 (Pentagon Metro - Army Navy Drive - Shirlington)

April 10, 2015

Photo: Jonathan BollhoeferJonathan Bollhoefer is a Business Development Manager at Arlington Transportation Partners and has been living car-free since 2011. He often rides his bike 4 miles to work but also utilizes various buses and the Metro.


Originally posted on Arlington Transportation Partners Blog

ATP Takeaway: The lack of a Metro Station in Shirlington doesn’t mean it’s not transit friendly. The ART 87 offers Metro riders an easy and quick trip into the Urban Village.

This post is part of a series highlighting the ART bus routes throughout Arlington County and how both residents and visitors alike can take advantage of the ART bus system.

Other ART routes currently included in this series: ART 42, ART 43, ART 45, ART 51, ART 53, ART 62

ART 87/87A/87X

Our next highlighted ART bus works as Shirlington’s unofficial Metro connector, shuttling people from the Pentagon Metro into the vibrant Urban Village. The ART 87 runs 6 days a week (Monday-Saturday) and runs specialty routes (87A/87X) that get you between the areas in as little as 10 minutes during peak hours.

Route Highlights: The ART 87 runs between the Pentagon Metro Station and the Shirlington Bus Station. During peak rush hour periods Monday through Friday, the bus operates roughly every 10 minutes. It is one of the fastest ways into Shirlington during peak hours.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t use the bus for your weekend trips and evening fun! ART 87 runs from 6:00AM to 10:00PM. So, ART 87 - route map optionswhether your meeting friends or staying late at the office, you will know you can count on the bus to be waiting to take you home.

What does the 87A/87X mean?

87A and 87X are extra routes that help shuttle you to Arlington Ridge only (87A) or Shirlington via an express route (87X). The routes are designed to save people time and get you to your destination faster.

For example, during peak periods the 87X bypasses all the stops along Army Navy Drive so passengers can make it to Shirlington in only 10 minutes. Look to the map at the right for a visual representation.

Urban Villages Served: ART 87 servers both Shirlington and Pentagon City areas before finishing up at the Pentagon Metro Station. Because of its short loop through the two urban villages, the bus is able to travel more frequently.

Route Timings: ART RealTime Arrivals are available through this ART specific Rider Tool. You can also click to view a print-friendly ART 87 route and schedule PDF.

Metro Station Stops: ART 87 stops at the Pentagon Metro Station which serves the Blue and Yellow lines.

Highlighted ART 87 Stop: The Shirlington Bus Station is far and away the best stop on the ART 87’s route. It serves as Arlington’s only enclosed public bus station and is a hub for buses travelling throughout the County. It is also the home of the Shirlington Shirlington Bus Station, Arlington VA Commuter Store where anyone can get information on transit and purchase tickets for the entire region.

If you’ve been meaning to try one of the great restaurants in Shirlington, or simply finding a new way to commute to work without your car, the ART 87 is your ticket to a quick trip into the area.

If you are visitor to Arlington County, be sure to visit our friends over at StayArlington for even more information on activities, hotels, culture and more.


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