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Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 09/04/2012

More information on suburban transit options

We discussed suburban commuting options on Sunday’s Commuter Page. In case you missed it, the story provided information on the non-Metro and non-driving options available in the greater Washington region.

But there are limits to what you can do in the paper, both in terms of space and linking to relevant details (maps, schedules and the like). So, here, as a companion post to that story, is a little more information on some systems. (Admittedly, you can find a lot of this by going to the URLs provided in the original story, but we figured it might be easier if you could just see a direct link to what you wanted.)

First, here’s information on a commuter option we couldn’t include on Sunday due to space limitations:

Loudoun County Transit

This commuter system connects Loudoun County with Rosslyn, the Pentagon, the District and other spots. You can see routes and schedules here.

A one-way trip from Loudoun to Rosslyn, Crystal City, the Pentagon and the District costs $7 with a SmarTrip card and $8 with cash. To travel between the West Falls Church station and Loudoun (in either direction), a one-way fare is $2 with a SmarTrip card and $2.50 without one.

Keep up with detours or late buses by signing up for text or e-mail alerts.

Learn more about Loudoun County Transit by going to www.loudoun.gov/bus.

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And here are links that can help you utilize some of the transit options mentioned on Sunday.

MARC/MTA

You can see MARC train schedules broken down by lines: Here’s the Penn Line, the Camden Line and the Brunswick Line.

The Maryland Transit Administration also offers local bus service and commuter bus service. And there’s a light rail system that runs from Hunt Valley down to BWI Airport and Cromwell/Glen Burnie. Baltimore also has its own subway, which runs from Owings Mills over to Johns Hopkins.

Ride On

Here’s a complete list of Ride On’s routes and schedules. And you can also check out this complete breakdown of Ride On’s fares, which explains the various exceptions, changes and other ways to figure out what a trip will cost.

Ride On also has a real-time bus tracking system that allows you to see where you bus is and figure out when it will arrive at your stop. There are iPhone and Android apps that will let you plan trips and figure out bus locations on your smartphone.

TheBus

You can see all TheBus routes here. If you ever have any questions about TheBus and can’t access the Web, call 301-324-2877.

VRE

Here is a full list of VRE schedules for both lines. And you can check out the complete fare breakdown chart here, which could help you figure out if you want to pay for a single ride, 10 rides, a single work week or a full month.

Make sure to sign up for the Train Talk e-mail updates, which will let you know about any delays.

If you’re planning on bringing a bicycle with you, check out the VRE bike policy first.

Arlington Transit

The complete breakdown of ART routes is available here, while you can see the schedules here.

A list of fares and discounts (including for transfers to or from Metro) is available here.

As with other services, it’s always a good idea to sign up for transit alerts.

And don’t forget Arlington’s STAR system. The Specialized Transit for Arlington Residents program helps travelers who might have difficulty getting around due to age or disability. Trips are scheduled and can be arranged through the STAR site (www.ArlingtonSTAR.com) or by calling 703-892-8747. (Press 1 for reservations, cancellations or trip information; press 2 for administration.)

Fairfax Connector

Take a look at the connector’s schedules and maps here. And it’d be smart to check out the full list of fares (including transfers) before riding.

You can check out detours on the service’s site, although they are primarily posted to Twitter (@ffxconnector), so you might want to follow that account.

DASH

DASH’s service maps are posted online. You can also look at route schedules before planning your trip. And if you just want to take the trolley, here’s a PDF map with some detailed information. Here’s more information on fares (including transfers) and the DASH pass.

OmniRide

Take a peek at the system map or look at the complete list of schedules. Again, it’s a good idea to review the full fare breakdown to see what you should pay with transfers or other discounts. And sign up for the e-mail alert system to let you know about any delays or problems.

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