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Pentagon Metro, bus center reopened

pentagonCommuters wait for shuttle busses at Pentagon Station this morning. (Gerald Martineau/Post)


UPDATE: Both entrances of the Pentagon Metrorail station and both levels off the Pentagon Transit Center reopened Saturday evening, Metro said.

The FBI finished part of its investigation of the Thursday shooting that took place in the area of the transit center, Metro said.

The transit agency said regular Metrobus and regional bus pick-up and drop-off areas were back in use at the Transit Center.

A gunman was fatally wounded at the Pentagon Thursday after wounding two Pentagon police officers.

--Martin Weil


3:45 p.m. Update: Bus relocations at the Pentagon Transit Center will continue through Sunday, according to a Metro statement. Officials said the upper level is expected to remain closed until then while authorities conduct their investigation.

Upper-level buses have been reassigned to the following lower level bus bays:

L1 13A, 13B, 13F, 13G
L2 22A, 25A, 25C, 25D
L3 7A, 7B, 7C, 7D, 7E, 7F, 7H, 7P, 7W, 7X
L4 29C, 29E, 29G, 29H, 29X
L5 17B, 17F, 17H, 17K, 17M
L6 17A, 17G, 17L
L7, L8 16A, 16B, 16D, 16E, 16F, 16J
L9 21A
L10 8S, 8Z, 8W, 8X
L11 9A, 9E, 10A, 10E

Metro expects to provide shuttle bus service between Pentagon and Pentagon City stations until 7 p.m. Friday. Extra Metro personnel will also be on hand to help direct people to the right locations.

Here is information for some of the regional bus services relocated by the closure, according to a statement from Metro:

ART routes 42 and 87 will serve the ART 74 stop on 12th Street and Hayes Street.

DASH routes AT3 and AT4 will serve a temporary stop in front of Nordstrom on Hayes Street, approximately one half block from the exit to Pentagon City Metrorail station.

Fairfax Connector: The 595 (North County) and the 380D (South County) will serve a stop on Hayes Street across from Macy's.

Loudoun County Commuter Bus Service will pick up Pentagon passengers at the northeast corner of Army Navy Drive and Fern Street. The buses will travel west on Army Navy Drive, pick up before Fern Street and then take Route 27 to Rosslyn.

Martz Trailways will serve the kiss and ride location in the Pentagon South Parking Lot.

Priority 1 will serve the kiss and ride location in the Pentagon South Parking Lot.

PRTC buses will serve a stop at 11th and Eads streets.

Quick's Bus Company will serve the kiss and ride location in the Pentagon South Parking Lot.

1:05 p.m. Update: The Pentagon Metrorail Station and the lower level of the transit center have reopened. Metro said in a statement that the FBI has completed a portion of its investigation near the station entrance and adjacent to the bus bays. The southern entrance to Pentagon Station remains closed.

Metrobuses that service the transit center will operate from the lower lowel. Regional bus services will continue to operate from Pentagon City Station or their alternate locations. PRTC buses are located at 11th and Eads streets, Metro said.

Metro expects to resume operations at the upper level of the transit center once law enforcement completes the investigation in that area.

12:50 p.m. Update: Metro reports that the Pentagon Transit Center has reopened.

12:25 p.m. Update: The Pentagon Station has reopened. Bus service is still disrupted. Metro officials said they expect to release more information soon. We'll provide it as soon as we get the details.

9 a.m. Update: A steady caravan of buses have been picking up and dropping of commuters in front of the Pentagon City Metro station under the watchful eyes of Pentagon and Metro police.

Kyle Southern, 24, normally gets off at the Pentagon stop to transfer to his job at a Northern Virginia think tank.

"I was shocked like eveybody else," said Southern, who moved to the area from Nashville a few months ago. "I have always been concerned at how open and accessible things were around the Pentagon."

-- Hamil R. Harris

Original post: The Pentagon Metro station and the Pentagon Transit Center remain closed in the aftermath of yesterday's shooting, with no timetable for when either will reopen.

Trains will be able to pass through the Metro station, but will not be picking up or dropping off passengers. If you are going to the Pentagon, you can either get off at the Pentagon City Metro station and walk or take a shuttle bus to the south Kiss & Ride lot.

As for the Pentagon Transit Center -- buses that would pick up or drop off at the Pentagon will pick up and drop off passengers at the Pentagon City Metro station on South Hayes Street. Commuters who normally take a bus to the Pentagon should plan for it taking at least 20 minutes longer, according to Metro. Riders will be able to make bus-rail transfers at the Pentagon City station, and their buses will be on South Hayes Street.

The last time the Pentagon Transit Center was closed during the morning rush hour was on Sept. 11, 2008. That morning's ceremony opening the Pentagon Memorial resulted in buses that normally would head to the transit center being routed through Pentagon City. Buses lined the east side of Hayes Street from 12th to 15th streets, but operations were orderly and well-organized. Metro employees milled about on Hayes Street helping commuters find their buses. (But the Pentagon Metro station remained open that morning, so the numbers flowing into Pentagon City will be greater today.)

By Mark Berman  |  March 5, 2010; 3:55 PM ET
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Comments

I was waiting for a Yellow line train at Gallery Place last night during the delays immediately following the shooting. Eventually the station manager made an announcement, presumably explaining the delays . . . but whatever was being said was completely unintelligible to everyone near me (at the front end of the platform). So here's my "wish list" item for Metro: especially for the big stations, send somebody with some authority to go stand in various places on the platforms and see if he or she can understand loudspeaker announcements, and if not, figure out a solution.

Posted by: InVA1 | March 5, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

You dream big.

Posted by: member5 | March 5, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

@InVA1 We were coming back from the Caps game last night and ended up in a similar situation. Taking an Orange line back to Ballston, we first stopped in the tunnel between each station, which was explained that a Blue train was ahead of us. This happens a lot after games at Verizon, so we didn't think anything of it. However, when we got to Rosslyn, we were stopped for about 15 or 20 minutes. The operator made two announcements, but we could not understand a word he said (I chalk it up to being in a 1000 series car, but then again it is often hard to understand what they are saying). Someone else in the car finally said, "Oh yeah, you guys were at the game. You probably don't know about the shooting at Pentagon." We eventually got back to Ballston, and I saw the next train on the Orange Line while sitting in traffic on 66, and it appeared to be standing room only in all cars...

Posted by: ValleyCaps | March 5, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

another power trip.

Posted by: wpjunk | March 5, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

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