Pentagon Transit Center is a split platform station on the Washington Metro located adjacent to The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The station was opened on July 1, 1977, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Providing service for both the Blue and Yellow Lines, the station is where the two lines diverge and thus acts as a transfer point. Northbound, the Blue Line continues through Virginia and the Yellow Line crosses the Potomac River into the District of Columbia.
|rapid transit station|
|Location||2 South Rotary Road|
Arlington, VA 22202
|Platforms||2 split platforms|
|Tracks||1 on each level|
|Train operators||Washington Metro|
|Bus stands||Upper:1 to 13, Lower:1 to 11|
|Bus operators|| Arlington Transit|
Loudoun County Transit
|Structure type||Underground metro station and bus transit centre at grade|
|Bicycle facilities||6 racks|
|Opened||July 1, 1977|
|Passengers (2016)||13,989 daily  7.63%|
The station is located underground, adjacent to The Pentagon, and formerly had a direct (but secure) entrance to the Pentagon and its underground shopping center. This entrance was closed in 2001 as part of the Pentagon Renovation Program. Access to the Pentagon is now gained via a new secured entrance facility above ground near the bus depot and the entrances to the subway station. The new exit features signage displayed at Gallery Place-Chinatown and newer stations.
- Arlington Transit: 42, 87, 87A, 87P, 87X
- DASH: AT3, AT4
- Fairfax Connector: 306, 393, 394, 395, 599
- Metrobus: 7A, 7C, 7F, 7M, 7P, 7W, 7Y, 8S, 8W, 8Z, 10A, 10E, 10N, 16A, 16C, 16E, 16L, 17B, 17G, 17H, 17K, 17L, 17M, 18G, 18H, 18J, 18P, 21A, 21D, 22A, 22C, 22F, 28F, 28G, 29C, 29G, 29W
- Loudoun County Transit
- PRTC OmniRide
|G||Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
|B1||Mezzanine||One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent|
|B2||Northbound|| toward Largo Town Center (Arlington Cemetery) ←|
← toward Greenbelt (L'Enfant Plaza)
|Side platform, doors will open on the left|
|B3||Side platform, doors will open on the left|
|Southbound|| toward Franconia – Springfield (Pentagon City)→ |
toward Huntington (Pentagon City)→
Pentagon is one of two stations (the other being the Rosslyn station on the Blue, Orange and Silver Lines) at which trains going one direction serve a platform that is a level below the mezzanine-level platform for trains going the other direction. This allows for trains to converge inbound and diverge outbound via a flying junction to avoid an at-grade crossing.
On March 4, 2010, a gunman, identified as John Patrick Bedell, who espoused anti-government views, shot and wounded two Pentagon police officers at a security checkpoint in the Pentagon station. The officers returned fire, striking him in the head. He died a few hours later, on the next day, March 5, 2010.
- "Pentagon Transit Center" (PDF). Arlington Transit. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
Bus Bays / Bus Routes
- "Pentagon Metro Entrance Facility Project". Pentagon Renovation & Construction. Washington Headquarters Services. Archived from the original on January 9, 2008. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
project completion in late fall of 2002
- "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
- Feaver, Douglas B. (July 1, 1977), "Today, Metro could be U.S. model", The Washington Post, p. A1
- "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2017. p. 3. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
- Layton, Lyndsey (June 16, 2000), "Pentagon, Metro quarrel escalates; Security concerns would interfere with convenience", The Washington Post, p. A10
- "Bus service from Pentagon" (PDF). WMATA. August 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
Bus Boarding Map
- "METRO ENTRANCE FACILITY CELEBRATES INITIAL OPENING!". Pentagon Renovation Program. December 18, 2001. Archived from the original on December 31, 2007. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
The Pentagon Transit Center portion of the Metro Entrance Facility is now open and operational
- NBC News (March 5, 2010). "Pentagon gunman sought 'truth' about 9/11". MSNBC. Archived from the original on March 5, 2010. Retrieved March 5, 2010.