Rider Tools

There are many web-based tools, mobile apps, and other tools and resources to make it easier to use ART, Metrobus, and other transit systems in the area. Click on a section head below to learn more about each tool.

Submit your favorite tools! If you use an app, website, or other tool that makes it easier for you to get around Arlington and the DC area by walking, biking, or taking public transportation, please tell us about it!

ART Service Alerts

Sign-up to receive emails or text messages about ART service changes or disruptions. You can also follow ART Alerts for all routes on Facebook, Twitter, or by RSS feed. View current service alerts on the Service Alerts page.

ART RealTime Tools

ART RealTime tells you when the next ART bus will arrive at your bus stop. RealTime information is available through a variety of tools:

  • Get ART RealTime information online on the ART RealTime Arrivals page
  • Get ART RealTime information optimized for Smartphones from CommuterPage.com Mobile Services
  • Get ART RealTime information at the bus stop with the BusFinder
  • RealTime arrival predictions can be viewed by clicking the ART icons on the system map and individual route maps on the ART site.
  • Connexionz has produced an online map with arrival information for every ART bus stop. 
Maps & Trip Planners
  • ART Printer-Friendly Route Schedules and Maps - A flyer in Portable Document Format (PDF) is available on for each ART route. Click "Routes" in the navigation menu on the left and choose the ART route you're interested in. A link to the Printer-Friendly Schedule and Map is near the top of each route page.
  • ART Trip Planner - The ART home page includes a trip planner powered by CarFreeAtoZ.com.
  • ART Bus Stop Map - Online map showing all ART bus stops with stop numbers, routes that serve each stop, and ART RealTime information. Microsoft Silverlight is required to view the map.
  • Arlington's Car-Free Diet Map (PDF, 4.5 MB, Adobe Reader required.) - Map of Arlington showing bus routes, bike routes, bicycle/pedestrian trails, Metro stations, Capital Bikeshare stations, and more.
  • Metro's Trip Planner - Plan a trip using the Metro system and Washington, D.C. area bus systems.
  • CarFreeAtoZ is the Washington, D.C. area's first multi-modal trip planning and comparison tool. Choose a starting point and destination, and compare options for your trip, including multi-modal options, such as walking to an ART bus stop or bicycling to a Metro station.
  • Car-Free Near Me shows the location of car-free transportation options near any location in Arlington or the Washington, D.C. area. See what bus routes serve the area, and where the bus stops are. Locate Capital Bikeshare stations, Zipcars, and Metrorail stations. Get real-time arrival information for transit, and real-time availability for Capital Bikeshare.
  • Google Maps includes bus stop locations and schedule information for Metrobus, DASH, Circulator, and other local bus systems. The "Get Directions" function allows you to choose your mode of travel: transit, walking, bicycling, or transit. ART data is not yet included, but we hope to see it soon.
Point-to-Point Schedules

Point-to-Point lets you create a custom bus schedule showing all buses running between two schedule time points,* regardless of the bus system. Point-to-Point Schedules are available for your desktop computer or mobile device. See the Point-to-Point Schedules page for more information.

*Time points are the bus stops listed in the online schedules and printed schedules for each route.

Mobile Web Tools & Apps

Trip planners and other tools for mobile devices.

Mobile web tools from CommuterPage.com Mobile Services include:

For more information, see Mobile Web Tools & Apps

Tools from WMATA

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) operates the regional Metro system and is often referred to as "Metro." WMATA offers a Trip Planner that includes information for ART and other local bus systems. Real-time Metrobus arrivals are provided by busETA. Service alerts for Metrorail, MetroAccess, and Metro system elevators are available through Metro Status and Alerts.

Other Rider Tools

Links to more tools and resources, including the Commuter Store, CommuterDirect.com, and more.

  • CommuterDirect.com – Purchase ART and other transit fares online.
  • The Commuter Store – Purchase fares and get transit information in person at four Arlington locations.
  • Mobile Commuter Store – The Commuter Store comes to a location near your home or work.
  • Digital Transit Information Signs – Several types of electronic signs provide location-specific transit information without the need for a smart phone with transit apps installed.
  • Walk Score provides scores for walkability, bikeability, and transit service for any address.

More information and links to more tools and resources are available on the Other Tools and Resources page.

Tools for Developers

ART makes schedule data and other information available to to developers to use in their own applications. ART data is available as Google Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data and web services. More information and links are on the Tools for Developers page. If you come up with something useful, please let us know so we can provide a link to it!