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Pentagon station

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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.

WMATA Metro Logo.svg WMATA Blue.svg WMATA Yellow.svg rapid transit station
Pentagon Metro Station.jpg
Location2 South Rotary Road
Arlington, VA 22202
United States
Coordinates38°52′09″N 77°03′14″W / 38.86917°N 77.05389°W / 38.86917; -77.05389Coordinates: 38°52′09″N 77°03′14″W / 38.86917°N 77.05389°W / 38.86917; -77.05389
Owned byWMATA
  • WMATA Blue.svg
  • WMATA Yellow.svg
Platforms2 split platforms
Tracks1 on each level
Train operatorsWashington Metro
Bus standsUpper:1 to 13, Lower:1 to 11[1]
Bus operatorsBus transport Arlington Transit
Bus transport DASH
Bus transport Fairfax Connector
Bus transport Metrobus
Bus transport Loudoun County Transit
Bus transport PRTC OmniRide
Structure typeUnderground metro station and bus transit centre at grade
Platform levels2
Bicycle facilities6 racks
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeC07
OpenedJuly 1, 1977; 42 years ago (July 1, 1977)
Passengers (2016)13,989 daily [3]Decrease 7.63%
Preceding station WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro Following station
Pentagon City Blue Line Arlington Cemetery
Pentagon City
toward Huntington
Yellow Line L'Enfant Plaza
toward Greenbelt

The station opened on July 1, 1977[4] with the completion of 11.8 miles (19.0 km)[5] of rail between National Airport and RFK Stadium.

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.[6] 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.

Bus serviceEdit

Pentagon station is also a major bus hub[7][1] in northern Virginia. The current bus facility opened in 2001[8] as part of the Pentagon Renovation Program.[2]

Station layoutEdit

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.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Pentagon Transit Center" (PDF). Arlington Transit. Retrieved February 11, 2016. Bus Bays / Bus Routes
  2. ^ a b "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
  3. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  4. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (July 1, 1977), "Today, Metro could be U.S. model", The Washington Post, p. A1
  5. ^ "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2017. p. 3. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  6. ^ Layton, Lyndsey (June 16, 2000), "Pentagon, Metro quarrel escalates; Security concerns would interfere with convenience", The Washington Post, p. A10
  7. ^ "Bus service from Pentagon" (PDF). WMATA. August 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2016. Bus Boarding Map
  8. ^ "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
  9. ^ 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.

External linksEdit

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