Foot Traffic & Transportation

A key advantage of the Golden Triangle is its accessibility by a wide range of transportation modes. Three of the busiest Metro stations are in the Golden Triangle serving four different lines–Farragut North and Dupont Circle (Red), Farragut West (Orange/Silver/Blue) –with two more stations only a couple of blocks outside the BID’s boundaries.  The Circulator bus from Union Station to Georgetown passes through the Golden Triangle, as well as dozens of Metro bus and commuter bus lines.  The area is also highly walkable and increasingly bike-friendly, with bike racks, bikeshare docks, and protected bike lanes on L, M, and N Streets and New Hampshire Avenue.  Parking garages, rideshare services, and taxicabs also provide auto access to the BID.  Explore facts about different modes of travel below.

Metro Access

In 2017:

  • Virtually all of the BID was within a quarter-mile (5 minute) walk of a Metro station.
  • More than 101,000 people entered and exited Golden Triangle Metro stations every weekday, on average.
  • Every weekday, about 43,000 Metro riders entered and exited Farragut North station, while just over 40,000 entered and exited Farragut West. Together, these stations had four of the five busiest entrances in the entire Metro system.
  • Almost 18,000 Metro riders passed through the southern entrance of the Dupont Circle station every weekday, on average.
  • Many employers in the BID support sustainable transportation choices for employees through WMATA’s SmartBenefits program.

Foot Traffic

The Golden Triangle BID gathers foot traffic data from locations across the BID using infrared pedestrian counters.  Property owners or managers, brokers, retailers, and other stakeholders are welcome to request foot traffic counts for specific locations by contacting our Research Manager.

  • The average weekday pedestrian count for the BID is around 5,400 per day.  Some of the busiest parts of the BID, namely Farragut Square, see weekday counts from 15,000-20,000 pedestrians.
  • The average weekend pedestrian count for the BID is just under 2,600 per day.  The Golden Triangle’s nightlife corridor close to Dupont Circle sees much higher foot traffic on the weekends.
  • On average, the WalkScore for the area is 99 (out of 100).

Biking

  • Twelve Capital Bikeshare stations are located within the Golden Triangle, as of 2018.
  • The BID currently maintains around 550 bike racks accommodating over 1,100 bikes in the Golden Triangle, and installs more as needed.
  • There are two miles of bike lanes within the Golden Triangle.
  • Each year the BID supports DC’s Bike to Work Day, offering free tuneups, snacks, and giveaways at Farragut Square for bike commuters.

Getting around by Car

  • Driving commutes from the western suburbs are, on average, about 19% faster to the Golden Triangle than to the East End and about 28% faster than to NoMa, as of 2018.
  • The Golden Triangle BID has partnered with DDOT to pilot a curbside rideshare pickup initiative to mitigate traffic and improve safety along the Connecticut Avenue nightlife corridor.
  • Weekday vehicular traffic volumes along Connecticut Avenue, K Street, Dupont Circle, and 17th Street are among the highest in downtown DC.
  • Parking garages are plentiful in the Golden Triangle, with nearly 25,000 parking spaces total.
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