The Pentagon Transit Center (PTC), the largest Metro station in northern Virginia, is located on the east side of the Pentagon. Both the Yellow and Blue Metro lines stop at the underground Pentagon station, and Metro, DoD, contractor, and commuter buses stop above ground on regular published schedules. The Pentagon is a short walk, through a pedestrian tunnel, from the Pentagon City Metro station.
Please be aware that after 8:00 pm during the week and at all times on the weekend, the Pentagon entrance to the Metro (called the Metro Entrance Facility (MEF)) is closed and the outer doors of the building are secured. Those who work in the building after that time and who take Metro to work can still access the Metro station by exiting the building at Corridor 2 on the second floor and walking around the outside of the Pentagon to the station. Similarly, those who arrive by Metro to work at the Pentagon during off-hours can walk around the outside of the building to the Corridor 2 Entrance to enter the building.
WASHINGTON HEADQUARTERS SERVICES TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM OFFICE (WHS TMPO)
The WHS TMPO is responsible for managing transportation services provided at the Pentagon and the Mark Center facility. These services include shuttle bus operations, ridesharing, and transportation information on the various commuting options for personnel working at both locations.
Visit online at: https://my.whs.mil/services/transportation-management-program (CAC-enabled link)
For the latest transportation alerts & advisories:
For transportation inquiries:
DOD SHUTTLE BUS PROGRAM
Note: It is DoD policy to ensure that agency-provided shuttle transportation is available to all personnel, including those with special accessibility needs. Please see individual bus routes for current availability of accessible transportation or call the general number:
Shuttle Bus Program: 571-372-4357 (Option 4)
The DoD Shuttle Bus Program carries personnel between the Pentagon and other locations in the National Capital Region (NCR), including Arlington, Washington, DC (for example, the U.S. Department of State, the New and Old Executive Office Buildings, the Office of Personnel Management, Capitol Hill, and the Washington Navy Yard), Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Joint Base Anacostia- Bolling Base, the Defense Health Headquarters, the Mark Center and Rosslyn. For DoD Shuttle Bus routes and other information, please go to https://my.whs.mil/services/Pentagon-DoD-Shuttle-Schedules-0 (CAC-enabled link).
The Pentagon Circulator (Route 10)
The Pentagon Circulator (Route 10) provides free, convenient transportation for all personnel traveling around the Pentagon Reservation. Beginning at the PTC, Bus Bay U8 on the upper platform, the Pentagon Circulator will pick up and drop off at five locations: Connector Rd; Facilities Services Directorate/ Engineering & Construction Management Office; North Parking Lot; Mid-North Parking Lot; and Pentagon Conference Center and Library (PLC2).
The Circulator operates weekdays 6:00 am to 6:00 pm and runs every 20 minutes throughout the day. The last run leaves the PTC at 5:40 pm. The Circulator bus does not run on weekends and holidays.
The Pentagon Circulator is accessible to those who have mobility impairments. Inform the driver of your needs and destination. For additional information, please call 703-604-0637.
Many commercially—and privately—owned buses use the PTC. These include buses operated by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Alexandria Transit (DASH), Arlington Transit (ART), Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Martz Trailways, Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC).
MASS TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT PROGRAM
The Mass Transportation Benefit Program was established in October 2000 and is offered to eligible federal employees and military service members, to the extent authorized by law and regulation, to reduce pollution and traffic congestion, preserve the environment, and expand transportation alternatives.
This program provides transportation subsidy to registered WMATA SmarTrip cards for employees’ certified commuting costs between home and work, up to a federal maximum allowed statutory limit. This benefit can be used on all forms of mass transportation in the NCR. Local travel between offices or for meetings does not qualify for commuting subsidy.
More information, to include eligibility criteria, application deadlines, contact information and the application link can be found at the publically accessible WHS website: https://www.whs.mil/mtbp/
Shuttle buses are for official use only. Shuttle buses are available and can be used to complete travel within the National Capital Region. For example, commuters may take a train to the King Street station and a shuttle from there to the Pentagon or the Mark Center.
To take full advantage of the Shuttle Bus program, you must display the proper form of ID as described in the next section.
No eating, drinking, or smoking is allowed on the buses.
Use of cameras and video cameras, including cell phone cameras, is prohibited on the Pentagon Reservation.
Pentagon bus stops, including stops for the Pentagon Circulator, are located at the PTC–Metrobus Platform.
Schedules may vary, depending upon weather and traffic conditions.
During periods of heightened security, or when deemed necessary, riders may be subject to searches.
We recommend arriving 10 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.
ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF ID FOR BOARDING THE DOD SHUTTLE BUS:
Common Access Card.
Active Duty Armed Forces Identification Card.
Valid DoD Civilian Identification Card.
Route 12 is accessible only with the Intelligence Community badge.
For information regarding specific DoD Shuttle routes, as well as lost and found, please contact the bus providers listed below:
DoD Shuttle Program questions, please call: 571-372-7124 or email mailto: WHS.2017Transition@mail.mil
Pentagon emergencies, dial 911 from any Pentagon landline or call the Pentagon Operations Center (POC) at 703-697-5555
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Parking at the Pentagon WHS, Facilities Services Directorate (FSD), Parking Management Office (PMO), administers and manages the Pentagon Reservation parking program. All vehicles parked on the Pentagon Reservation must be registered in the parking database with an authorized, assigned parking permit or vehicle parking clearance. Most parking permits and clearances are issued through the employee’s parking representative/sponsoring agency.
Executive parking spaces are allocated to senior officials based on their assigned positions in the Order of Precedence. Upon approval, a parking permit will be issued to the senior official for entry through the Vehicle Access Control Point (VACP) for each parking VACP location. All Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) agencies have representatives who can assist incoming officials with parking-related matters.
The WHS/PMO office is located in Room 2D1039 on the Pentagon Concourse, Pentagon; The hours of operation are 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The PMO can be reached via telephone at 703-697-6251.
In addition, WHS manages the following parking arrangements for OSD staff:
There is no public parking at the Pentagon. Metered parking is available on the streets of Crystal City and Pentagon City. Public parking may be available in commercial lots a short walk or Metro ride to/and from the Pentagon. No shuttle service is provided to or from the Pentagon. However, the Pentagon is a short walk from the Pentagon City Mall via a pedestrian tunnel.
In order to facilitate visits to the Pentagon Memorial, the Hayes Street parking lot is open to the public 5:00 pm to 7:00 am, Monday through Friday and all day on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays (until 7:00 am the next business day).
In addition, North Rotary Road has “Kiss and Drop” (an area used for people who are dropped off at the metro station) points that can be used by visitors heading to the 9/11 Memorial.
Pentagon Parking Permits
The Pentagon parking is governed by Administrative Instruction Number 88 (AI-88); Subject “Pentagon Reservation Vehicle Parking Program”, dated August 26, 2009. Those who work at the Pentagon may apply for permit parking in accordance with AI-88. Pentagon Reservation parking lots are controlled, and authorized parking is enforced to provide a secure environment for all personnel. Security mandates that the names of all individuals and the license numbers of their vehicles must be identified when parked on the Reservation. Pentagon parking is a privilege and not an entitlement.
Each major Pentagon Component (OSD/WHS, Army, Air Force, Navy/Marines, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) has a designated Component Parking Representative (CPR) who manages a specific allocation of parking passes. Please check with your office’s CPR to apply for these permits. Several types of parking permits are issued.
Spaces are available to those with mobility impairments. Employees requiring mobility impairment parking shall contact their designated CPR. Visitors requiring mobility impairment parking should contact their primary sponsor coordinating the visit.
Parking for the DiLorenzo Clinic and the Pentagon Library and Conference Center is easily accessible to both facilities. To contact the DiLorenzo Clinic, the Pentagon Library, and the Pentagon Conference Center, please see relevant subsections under Services and Amenities, or the appendix at the end titled General Points of Contact at the Pentagon.
Van/carpool members may obtain a parking permit from the PMO Room 2D1039, Pentagon Concourse. All members must come to PMO to apply and obtain the parking permit.
Official Visitor Parking
Parking arrangements for visitors on official business should be made through the primary sponsor point of contact coordinating the visit. The visitor must provide their full name, date and time of arrival, name, room number, telephone number and the name of the person being visited, and state and license plate number of the visitor’s vehicle.
Parking Management Office
The WHS FSD PMO administers and manages the Pentagon, Mark Center, and Suffolk Building Parking Program. There are five parking spaces to accommodate Pentagon Memorial visitors with disabilities available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in Lane 1 of South Parking, close to the Pentagon Memorial. (Please see the “Pentagon Memorial” and “Other Points of Interest” section, under “Memorial Parking for People with Mobility Impairments”.)
Anyone with an N-C parking permit can park in the Connector Lot (also known as the Boundary Channel Drive Lot.) This lot has a pedestrian walkway to the Pentagon River Terrace entrance and is therefore convenient to Corridors 8, 9, and 10.
If you have parked in the wrong Pentagon lot and your car is towed, call the Pentagon Operations Center (POC) at 703-697-1001. If your car is booted, there should be a telephone number on the window citation, or call the POC.
DRIVING TO THE PENTAGON
Given the geographic diversity of the many people who work and visit the Pentagon, and the many variables in approaching the lots, any driving and parking directions are necessarily less than comprehensive. It is highly recommended that directions to/from specific areas of the building be obtained, if at all possible, in advance of travel.
For additional driving and parking directions, please also see the WHS website at https://my.whs.mil/service/Visitor_Services/14 (CAC-enabled link).
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