Pentagon Metrorail station, Pentagon Transit Center closed For remainder of Thursday night and into Friday
Law enforcement investigation continue
The Pentagon Metrorail station and Pentagon Transit Centers were closed shortly before 10 p.m. tonight, Thursday, March 4, and will remain closed into Friday, March 5, to allow the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate the area as a crime scene after a shooting incident that took place Thursday evening on the sidewalk near the station entrance and adjacent to the bus bays. Law enforcement also responded to reports of suspicious packages at the scene on Thursday after the shooting incident.
Trains will be able to pass through the Pentagon Metrorail station, however they will not be permitted to pick up or drop off riders.
The Pentagon Transit Center will be closed to start the day on Friday. Buses that usually pick up or drop off riders at the Pentagon instead will pick up and drop off riders at nearby Pentagon City Metrorail station along South Hayes Street in Arlington. Customers will be able to make their bus-rail transfers at Pentagon City Metrorail station instead of Pentagon Metrorail station. Customers should look for their buses along South Hayes Street.
Bus riders should build at least 20 minutes more into their morning commute if they usually take a bus to the Pentagon. This extra time will be needed to allow for extra traffic in the area of Pentagon City and to allow enough time to alight from a bus and enter the Pentagon City Metrorail station to transfer to the rail system. For individuals who usually transfer from one bus to another at the Pentagon, they will also need the time to locate the bus to which they want to transfer.
Individuals who have business at the Pentagon and are riding on the rail system or bus system can either get off at Pentagon City and walk about one-third of a mile to the Pentagon or take a shuttle bus to the South Kiss & Ride lot.
It is not known when the Pentagon or Pentagon Transit Center will reopen on Friday.
News release issued at 10:51 pm, March 4, 2010.