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.
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
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
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 http://www.whs.mil/Transportation.
Current DoD bus
schedules, or Common Access Card (CAC) Enabled:
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: http://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 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
We recommend arriving 10
minutes prior to scheduled
ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF ID
FOR BOARDING THE DOD
Common Access Card.
Active Duty Armed Forces
Valid DoD Civilian
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
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
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
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
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