Pentagon station

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Washington Metro rapid transit station
Pentagon Metro Station.jpg
Location Two South Rotary Road
Arlington, VA 22202
Coordinates 38°52′11″N 77°03′14″W / 38.869802°N 77.053835°W / 38.869802; -77.053835Coordinates: 38°52′11″N 77°03′14″W / 38.869802°N 77.053835°W / 38.869802; -77.053835
Owned by WMATA
Line(s) Blue Line Blue Line
Yellow Line Yellow Line
Platforms 2 split platforms (1 on each level)
Tracks 2 (1 on each level)
Connections Bus transport Arlington Transit
Bus transport DASH
Bus transport Fairfax Connector
Bus transport Metrobus
Bus transport Loudoun County Transit
Bus transport PRTC OmniRide
Structure type Underground
Platform levels 2
Bicycle facilities 6 racks
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code C07
Opened July 1, 1977; 38 years ago (July 1, 1977)
Passengers (2014) 15853 daily [1]Decrease 2.89%
Preceding station   WMATA Metro Logo.svg Washington Metro   Following station
Blue Line
Yellow Line
Greenbelt-Franconia-Springfield weekdays rush hours service
toward Greenbelt
toward Huntington
Yellow Line
Mount Vernon Square-Huntington weekdays rush hours service
Yellow Line
Not on weekdays rush hours
toward Fort Totten

Pentagon 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.

The station opened on July 1, 1977.[2] Its opening coincided with the completion of 11.8 miles (19.0 km)[3] of rail between National Airport and RFK Stadium and the opening of the Arlington Cemetery, Capitol South, Crystal City, Eastern Market, Farragut West, Federal Center SW, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom–GWU, L'Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, National Airport, Pentagon City, Potomac Avenue, Rosslyn, Smithsonian, and Stadium–Armory stations.[4]

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.[5] 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 service[edit]

Pentagon station is also a major bus hub in northern Virginia. The current bus facility was constructed in 2001 as part of the Pentagon Renovation Program.[6]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/ Entrance
B1 Mezzanine One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent
B2 Westbound/
Blue Line Blue Line toward Franconia–Springfield (Pentagon City)
Yellow Line Yellow Line toward Huntington (Pentagon City)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
B3 Eastbound/
Blue Line Blue Line toward Largo Town Center (Arlington Cemetery)
Yellow Line Yellow Line toward Fort Totten (L'Enfant Plaza)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

Pentagon is one of two stations (the other being the Rosslyn station on the Blue and Orange Lines) at which westbound trains serve a platform that is a level below the mezzanine-level platform for eastbound trains. 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.[7]


  1. ^ "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2014-11-04. 
  2. ^ Feaver, Douglas B. (July 1, 1977), "Today, Metro could be U.S. model", The Washington Post: A1 
  3. ^ Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ Staff Reporters (June 24, 1977), "Metro's newest stations: Where they are, what's nearby", The Washington Post 
  5. ^ Layton, Lyndsey (June 16, 2000), "Pentagon, Metro quarrel escalates; Security concerns would interfere with convenience", The Washington Post: A10 
  6. ^ Pentagon Renovation Program
  7. ^ 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 links[edit]

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