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ART Bus Series: ART 53 (Ballston - Old Glebe - East Falls Church)

Pinky Advani
Pinky Advani February 9, 2015 Pinky Advani is a former Senior Business Development Manager at Arlington Transportation Partners.
ATP TAKEAWAY: Many of Arlington’s wonderful parks and recreation centers are accessible via public transit! Take the ART 53 and explore all North Arlington has to offer as well as lovely neighborhoods such Cherrydale and Westover.

This post is part of a series highlighting the ART bus lines throughout Arlington County and how both residents and visitors alike can take advantage of the ART bus system. Check out the other ART routes in this series here.

ART 55

Next up in our ART Bus Series is the ART 53 route, which travels between Ballston and East Falls Church Metro via Old Glebe Road. For residents in North Arlington or the Westover area, the ART 53 is a great way to get nearby Metro stations without a car!



This route also serves several neighborhoods, parks and schools such as Williamsburg Middle School, Rock Spring, Chain Bridge Forest, Gulf Branch Nature Center, Donaldson Run, Cherrydale, and more. Look out for the green and white ART bus stop signs at more than 100 stops along the route.

Route Highlights

One of my favorite stops on this route is the Gulf Branch Nature Center and Park on Military Road that provides environmental education and fun programs for all ages. The pollinator garden, live animal exhibit room and pond are just a few features that the Nature Center and park offers.

Urban Villages Served

Ballston, Lee Highway, and Westover

The ART RealTime Arrivals tool is available on desktop and mobile devices, and lets you know when the next bus will arrive at your requested stop. You can also click to view a print-friendly ART 53 route and schedule PDF.

Metro Station Stops

The ART 53 stops at two Metro stations, Ballston and East Falls Church. Both stations provide Orange and Silver Line service.

Highlighted Stops: Pinky’s Fun Picks

  • Westover Beer Garden (short walk from the bus stop): good selection of beer and they are a Car-Free Diet Partner!
  • Donaldson Run Park: trails and a quiet natural setting just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor!

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.

Photo Credit: Sam Kittner/ for Arlington Transportation Partners

Tags: Bus, ART Bus Series, Arlington County


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