Commuting in and around the Washington metropolitan area is never what one would describe as easy. However, with Bishop O'Connell High School's desirable location in Arlington, Virginia, a large number of students are within a reasonable commute. Access to Route 66, 495, the Metro, Arlington County Transit as well as school bus service from both Maryland and Virginia allow for a variety of ways to make the morning and afternoon commutes. In addition, there is sufficient parking on campus for those who wish to drive or carpool with other students.

Please read through the following options to learn about the transportation means that will best serve you and your family.


From Downtown Washington, D.C.
Take Rt. 66 West* to Exit 69 (Sycamore Street/Falls Church). Bear right off the exit onto Sycamore Street. Go through two stop lights and take the next left onto 26th Street. Take an immediate right onto Trinidad Street. Bishop O'Connell High School is located on the left.

From Northwest Washington, D.C.
Take Arizona Avenue to Canal Road and take a right onto Canal Road. Go across Chain Bridge into Virginia and follow Glebe Road to Lee Highway. Turn right onto Lee Highway and follow to the fifth traffic light at Sycamore Street. Turn right onto Sycamore Street and go one block. Turn left onto 26th Street and then an immediate right onto Trinidad Street. Bishop O'Connell High School is located on the left.

From I-495 in Virginia
Take Rt. 66 East* to Exit 69 (Lee Highway/Washington Blvd.). Go to traffic light at end of ramp and turn left onto Lee Highway. Go two blocks and turn left onto Underwood Street. Continue on Underwood for about three blocks. Bishop O'Connell High School is located on the right.

*Please be aware that vehicles on I-66 inside the Capital beltway during morning and afternoon commuting hours require an EZPass transponder and may incur a toll. Find out more at

Metro and Shuttle

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates the second largest rail transit system and the fifth largest bus network in the United States. Bishop O'Connell High School is a 10-15 minute walk from the East Falls Church Metro station (Orange and Silver Line).

Bishop O'Connell offers a shuttle bus from the East Falls Church station each morning at 7:20 a.m.

For information on Metro schedules and fares, visit Routes can be mapped online or by phone at 202-637-7000.

Arlington Transit Bus

Arlington Transit operates within the county supplementing Metrobus with smaller, neighborhood friendly vehicles and providing access to Metro and Virginia Railway Express (VRE). Most buses operate on clean-burning natural gas.

There are two stops that service Bishop O'Connell High School. Route 52 stops in front of the school and route 53 stops at the intersection of N. Sycamore & 26th Street (two blocks south of campus).

For schedule and fare info, visit ART online:

Virginia School Bus

Established primarily to service areas outside the Beltway, bus service provides transportation to about 14 percent of students. Operated by a third party, families sign contracts prior to the start of the school year to ensure service. A seat is reserved when a $50 non-refundable deposit is submitted. New stops can be added as needed when there is interest from 10 or more students.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, round trip service is $2,100 and one-way service is $1,350. Additional students in the same family pay $1,350 round trip and $950 one way.


Questions regarding this service may be directed to Mrs. Diane Miller at 703-237-1469 or via email to

For the 2018-2019 school year, the areas serviced by the buses are as follows:

Route #1
St. Michael, Annandale6:30 AM3:50 PM
Holy Spirit, Annandale6:45 AM3:40 PM
St. Leo, Fairfax7:00 AM3:20 PM
Pan Am Shopping Center7:10 AM3:15 PM

Route #2
Cascades Library, Sterling6:30 AM3:55 PM
St. Thomas a Becket, Reston6:48 AM3:40 PM
St. Joseph, Herndon7:00 AM3:23 PM

Maryland School Bus

Round trip service is available from several sites in Prince George’s County and Charles County. Operated independently by Mrs. Cathy Carroll, reasonable rates and convenient transportation are available to students.

For information about specific stops and rate information, please contact Mrs. Carroll by phone at 240-460-3300 or by email at

Parking on Campus

Given the wide range of transportation options for our students, ample parking is typically available for students. There are four student parking lots on campus, with one lot (near the baseball field) designated for seniors only. Numbered spaces are reserved for staff and teachers.

A valid parking sticker must be displayed in the rear window of all student vehicles. Forms to register a vehicle are available in the Office of Student Life on the first day of school. Parking permits are available to licensed drivers for $25. Seniors will pay an additional $5 (above the regular fee) to obtain a special parking sticker for the privilege to park in the senior lot.

Even if students park on Little Falls Road, they are required to display a valid parking sticker.

For complete more information on parking policies, please refer to the Transportation/Parking section of the student handbook.

Questions may be directed to Mrs. Suzanne Fitzpatrick at 703-237-1409.