As you return to The Boro, we are committed to helping you get to work. We understand your hours, schedule, and commute to the office have changed. Our goal is to provide you with updated transportation-related information and tips for staying safe and happy during your commute back to the office.
Your trip on the Metro has changed, as WMATA takes several actions to keep you safer and provide a more efficient experience. These include new hours, air filtration systems on all trains and buses, mobile pay, upgraded fare gates, and more! Visit WMATA’s website for more details.
The Boro is quick walk from Greensboro Metro Station on the Silver Line, giving you direct access to Arlington, D.C., Reston, and many more places in the region.
Stay Safer on Metro
Metro has implemented several measures to keep you safer on your next ride.
Air Ventilation – WMATA Metrorail’s air ventilation and filtration system described: outside air flowing in, returning air circulates through filters. Every three minutes, fresh air is filtered through each railcar.
Requiring Face Coverings – Face masks are required by federal law on trains, buses, and in Metro stations.
Hand Sanitizing Stations – Hand sanitizing stations are dispersed in Metro stations and on trains
Deep Cleaning – All trains are deep cleaned every day.
Expanding Service – Restoration of certain routes, expansion of late-night service and more frequent buses along selected routes gives riders greater flexibility.
With the SmarTrip app, you can instantly add an existing SmarTrip card, purchase a new digital card, add funds, buy passes, check balances, set up Auto Reload, and manage SmartBenefits from your employer, all from the palm of your hand. With mobile pay, you can quickly scan your digital SmarTrip card before boarding the Metro or bus using Google Pay on Androids or Apple Wallet on iPhones.
Adding your SmarTrip cards to your mobile device keeps all your cards in one place and skip the fare vending machines in stations when you’re in a hurry.
Learn more about mobile pay here.
Metrorail Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 5:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Between real-time tracking and crowding tools, air filtration systems on all buses, and enhanced cleaning protocols, bus services in the area are striving to make your next trip safer and faster. Face masks are required by federal law on all Fairfax Connector, OmniRide, and Metrobus routes.
All of the routes below pick up just outside The Boro. Find your next ride:
401 – 402 Backlick – Gallows
432 – Old Courthouse – Beulah
463 – Maple Avenue Vienna
494 – Lorton – Springfield – Tysons
495 – Burke Centre Tysons
Biking is an inexpensive way to get work and an especially convenient commute choice if you live nearby in Tysons.
If you do not own a bike, you can rent a Capital Bikeshare bike just down the street at the corner of Westpark Dr. & Leesburg Pike. Capital Bikeshare can help you get around quickly and connect you with various points throughout Tysons and beyond. Best of all, it’s an affordable travel option, as all rides under 29 minutes are free, and rides over 30 minutes start at just $2.
View the Fairfax County Bike Map to see the numerous route options throughout the region.
Tips for Commuting to Work on Your Bike
Helpful Bike Apps
Map My Ride
Get the Under Armour MapMyRide mobile app to track rides and go further. Know your distance, speed, calorie burn, elevation, and more.
This weather app alerts you when rain is approaching based on near real-time data. It is very useful biking and for all outdoor activities – including motorcycling, hiking, gardening, BBQs, picnics, dog walking and DIY.
Planning to ride your bike to work? Bike racks are available on P4 of The Boro Tower garage, conveniently located next to the elevators to the Theatre and Boro Shops.
With more cars on the road, and pre-pandemic traffic patterns returning, carpooling to work is a great way to reduce commuting costs by splitting the cost of gas, tolls, and parking costs. Carpooling also allows you to take advantage of the Express Lanes for free on I-395, I-495, and I-95 and HOV lanes on the Dulles Toll Road and I-66.
If you’re looking for a new way to get to work, Commuter Connections operates a regional database where commuters can submit their home and work locations and find a potential carpool match. Visit Commuter Connections website, where you can get information on registering, where local Park and Ride lots are, and other great carpooling tips.
The Boro Connect is also here to help you with your carpool needs. If you have questions about carpooling, are looking for a match, or would like help communicating with potential carpoolers, let us know! We can help you find who may live around you and see if carpooling would work for you.
GUARANTEED RIDE HOME
Guaranteed Ride Home provides commuters who regularly carpool, bike, walk or take public transit to work with a free and reliable ride home when an immediate means of transportation is necessary. Commuters may take advantage of Guaranteed Ride Home up to four times per year to get home for unexpected emergencies such as having to stay overtime at work, a personal illness, or a sick child.
Guaranteed Ride Home is designed to be a safety net when one of life’s unexpected emergencies arise. Knowing there’s a guaranteed ride home makes commuting less stressful and provides peace of mind when using commuting options like transit and carpools.
Register for a Guaranteed Ride Home here.
Vanpooling is a great alternative to carpooling, while also keeping commute costs low. Vanpooling allows for a controlled commute environment since typically a smaller group of people who are familiar with one another ride together. Being a part of a vanpool also lets you and your group set safety standards for your vanpool, such as a mask requirement, set pick-up and drop-off schedules, and a vehicle cleaning process.
Helpful Resources for Vanpools
The Boro Connect team members are telework certified, meaning we can provide you with resources to make your personal telework plan work for you and your busy life. Whether you work from home full-time or just a couple of days per week, we are here to help.
Looking for resources to make teleworking a success? Visit Telework VA!’s website.
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