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Topic: Re-open Slugging
Posted By: pchaynes71
Subject: Re-open Slugging
Date Posted: 05 May 2021 at 1:18pm
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: All sluglines will resume from all commuter lots and from Pentagon/DC locations June 2nd for those who are comfortable with slugging again. Like/share post for awareness.

Disclaimer in light of new information note that Pentagon location may require across the street pick up and drop off.



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Posted By: scottt
Date Posted: 19 May 2021 at 7:54am
Yep, free parking in DC is over June 1st.  It's time to start slugging again.  If my car costs more a month to park it than it does to pay for it, then something is wrong.


Posted By: dmurane
Date Posted: 20 May 2021 at 12:18pm
I'm all for that.  How official is this June 2 date?  

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Nick


Posted By: Durrani
Date Posted: 24 May 2021 at 6:46pm
Hello
Are you going from stafford to DC ? Is it on daily bases


Posted By: Bucevicius
Date Posted: 27 May 2021 at 5:08pm
I will be driving Stafford 610 to Pentagon everyday around 715am. Are any riders available?


Posted By: KeithO
Date Posted: 01 Jun 2021 at 8:42am
There is a Pentagon rumor that Slugging is supposed to open up again starting 2 June 2021.
Can anybody confirms this? Is there any official guidance?


Posted By: Po Rider
Date Posted: 01 Jun 2021 at 10:49am
As official as it can be - it was posted in the comments above and we will be starting to look for riders from Dumfries/234 Lot on Wednesday going to the Pentagon.


Posted By: Pentagon Slugger
Date Posted: 01 Jun 2021 at 12:07pm
I slugged into Pentagon this morning from 234 lot.


Posted By: Letsride
Date Posted: 02 Jun 2021 at 4:37am
I will be driving from dc L enfant slug line to Woodbridge Horner road and will be at L Enfant at approximately 2:50 if any one needs a ride to Horner road commuter lot


Posted By: SupermanRomeo
Date Posted: 02 Jun 2021 at 12:12pm
How is the temporarily relocated "Bob's" slug line going from the Springfield Town Center? Has there been a lot of drivers and riders going to L'Enfant Plaza? Thanks!   


Posted By: KeithO
Date Posted: 02 Jun 2021 at 12:57pm
Just to be clear about the Pentagon Slugline rumor -
I checked with the Pentagon Transportation Office yesterday. They have not made a decision yet about the Pentagon Sluglines, therefore, they are not officially open. I did see the Pentagon police hanging out yesterday afternoon near many of these lines. It is possible that that they will tell you to "move along", not sure that they will, but it is a possibility.
And before anybody complains that's not up to the Transportation office, If it's on the reservation here then they still determine when to "open stuff up" with respect to transportation.
I'll keep checking on this


Posted By: pchaynes71
Date Posted: 02 Jun 2021 at 5:35pm
People merely need to show up. Slugging is popular because it isn't a set time for anyone. It is convenient to be there when a rider or driver are conveniently there lol. People just need to show up both rider and driver the need is there. A few minutes waiting for both is worth it in the end compared to toll costs. Go to your loss and wait a few minutes.


Posted By: pchaynes71
Date Posted: 02 Jun 2021 at 5:40pm
Appreciate the official update... crazy that the Pentagon will however allow metro and buses to stop at the Pentagon but not allow slugging. Ihear the buses are full to capacity too. Crazy just a thought.


Posted By: SavingTime
Date Posted: 03 Jun 2021 at 7:25am
Slugged into the Pentagon from Horner yesterday.

Stood at the Horner line at the porkchop around 5. Pentagon Police did not stop me. There is no sign that says there is no slugging. The signs only state the same things we have heard and read last year about wearing masks and social distancing.
A car picked me up, but we left after waiting 10 minutes for another slug. No slugs were walking to any line.


Posted By: SavingTime
Date Posted: 03 Jun 2021 at 8:26am
Day 2 of getting a ride into the Pentagon from Horner.
It is nice riding on the HOV lanes again without paying nearly $20 in the morning or riding the bus.

Let's get the word out so more can come back to slugging.


Posted By: KeithO
Date Posted: 03 Jun 2021 at 9:56am
OK, I’ll admit that some of the “official’ guidance regarding the status of the slug lines has been confusing & maybe contradictory – my apologies.
 
The verbal guidance I got earlier in the week left me under the impression that the lines were not officially open on the reservation.  

However, I received the following email last night in response to my question, which provides better guidance:…..

To (ME)
Regarding your question on slugging, DoD does not regulate regional slugging.  However it does provide guidance for the use of our facilities (slug pickup locations) on the Pentagon Reservation.  DoD also provides guidance for safety and social distancing based on CDC guidance and according to the Pentagon's current HPCON status.  Under our current HPCON B+, "slugging is not recommended" for DoD employees, however, slug stations remain open around the reservation.  
 Latest guidance and updates across all operational areas can be found at WHS's COVID-19 Information Page (including Shuttle and Regional Transportation updates):  https://no-click.mil/?https://www.whs.mil/COVID-19/" rel="nofollow - https://www.whs.mil/COVID-19/
 The "Welcome Back to the Pentagon Reservation Transportation Plan" is located here:
https://no-click.mil/?https://www.whs.mil/Portals/75/Coronavirus/Welcome%20Back%20Transportation%20Plan%2005142021.pdf?ver=hIf6DS0O-GbTOzo3MIzDHA%3d%3d" rel="nofollow - https://www.whs.mil/Portals/75/Coronavirus/Welcome%20Back%20Transportation%20Plan%2005142021.pdf?ver=hIf6DS0O-GbTOzo3MIzDHA%3d%3d
 For additional transportation questions please feel free to reach out to the WHS Transportation Management Program Office (TMPO) at: mailto:whs.pentagon.fsd.mbx.dod-shuttle-bus@mail.mil" rel="nofollow - whs.pentagon.fsd.mbx.dod-shuttle-bus@mail.mil
Thanks,
WHS TMPO
Visit us online at:
https://no-click.mil/?https://my.whs.mil/services/transportation-management-program" rel="nofollow - https://my.whs.mil/services/transportation-management-program
For the latest transportation alerts & advisories follow us on:
Facebook: https://no-click.mil/?http://www.facebook.com/WHSTransportation" rel="nofollow - www.facebook.com/WHSTransportation
Twitter: https://no-click.mil/?http://www.twitter.com/WHS_Transport" rel="nofollow - www.twitter.com/WHS_Transport

Subsequently I replied thanking TMPO but also letting them know that current signage at the slug line and lack of communication from TMPO regarding acceptable commuting options makes the current situation confusing. Please consider clear and effective communication being posted around the pentagon regarding the status of ALL acceptable commuting options as we start opening up more. It will help us get back to normal.
 
So,… I guess the bottom line is get your vaccine and we need to start embracing slugging again
 
If I (or anybody else) get any better updates, please report.


Posted By: CLOSHEDBB
Date Posted: 03 Jun 2021 at 6:29pm
I can confirm that the Pentagon Police are allowing sluggers again.  I went to the pick-up point for Tackett's Mill today at 4PM.  I waited there for about 15 minutes, but no one showed, unfortunately.

A Pentagon Police woman pulled up beside me and asked if I was waiting for the slug line, and I told her I was hopeful they would start up again.  She said, "Okay, great.  Have a nice day." and drove off.  

I'll show up at the Tackett's Mill pick-up points both ways every day to hopefully find people who will ride.


Posted By: pchaynes71
Date Posted: 04 Jun 2021 at 11:53am
Thank you all for sharing great information! Let's get our slug lines back and save some money 🙂


Posted By: KeithO
Date Posted: 08 Jun 2021 at 7:51am
I picked up people from the bus line this morning at 610.
I've been trying to pickup people in the afternoon to go back to 610.
I will continue to do this. 


Posted By: Evans12831
Date Posted: 10 Jun 2021 at 11:31am
Vaccinated and looking for slug from Horner Road to 18th Street.  Please let me know if anyone is going my way.


Posted By: SavingTime
Date Posted: 10 Jun 2021 at 5:28pm
Very easy to catch a ride to the Pentagon from Horner, but difficult going back to Horner. Stood under the shelter for roughly 20 minutes in the rain, and then walked back to catch the 5:20 bus.

Sadly as we left the bus circle, there was a vehicle waiting at the Horner line. At least we are saving money coming in.


Posted By: kiki
Date Posted: 11 Jun 2021 at 10:25am
I used to pick up from the Horner overflow lot and drop off at Pentagon or Crystal City.  What is the best time to come to the main Horner lot now to pick people up?  I'm wondering if anyone will be around in the summer months now that school is out and for a later pick up time after 7:30am.....


Posted By: SavingTime
Date Posted: 11 Jun 2021 at 5:05pm
There are people waiting for a bus at 8 and after 8 at the top Horner lot. Just drive by and ask if anyone is going to Pentagon just like when slugging began. There are usually takers. I've seen 5 people at the Horner bus line waiting for 8:15 last bus to Pentagon.


Posted By: Hollywoodweb
Date Posted: 24 Jun 2021 at 1:44pm
Thumbs Up

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Bruce


Posted By: scottt
Date Posted: 25 Jun 2021 at 7:34am
Wish it was the same further up north.  Went to the Sydenstricker lot a few times....ghost town.


Posted By: Alexis
Date Posted: 25 Jun 2021 at 1:56pm
I am looking for a ride from Rolling Valley Park n Ride to DC around 8am Mon-Fri.  I have had my vaccine and I am happy to wear a mask.  Thank you.


Posted By: KeithO
Date Posted: 01 Jul 2021 at 8:40am
People are slugging from Stafford 610 to Pentagon & back in the afternoon. I've even poached them out of the bus line. The afternoon is harder to get folks, but they are starting to come around. I remind everybody that I pick up that there are cars in the afternoon waiting. Gotta start trying to get the lines going again! 


Posted By: MIKEG
Date Posted: 01 Jul 2021 at 1:53pm
Is the slug line for Rt 17 in Stafford going to the Pentagon and DC open again? I was slugging to the Pentagon through March 2020 when it ended. My last day slugging was a Tuesday. That afternoon at the Rt 17 pickup at Pentagon I was the slug line, there was nobody else. 

I just lucked out when after a few minutes a car with 2 people in the front came by, that was last day slugging. Next day I took the VRE to Franconia/Springfield and bought a smartrip card, been using VRE & Metro ever since to get to work.

Benefits of using VRE & Metro..it's very expensive and I live paycheck to paycheck, on VRE trains they keep it freezing cold no matter what the weather outside. It's slow when I slugged I'd get home by 5:00 now I get home at 6:00 and that is on the best days. VRE is unreliable sometimes, trains break down..or they have to go super slow due to other trains ahead of them or doing track work.
I HATE IT!!Ouch  
 


Posted By: KeithO
Date Posted: 01 Jul 2021 at 3:18pm
Mike. I'd suggest that you use the 610 lot & line - it's more stable. As slugging continues to increase then eventually the 17 line will be sustainable again.


Posted By: SavingTime
Date Posted: 02 Jul 2021 at 1:34pm
Sign at Pentagon Porkchop parking stating changes to Pentagon slugline locations staring July 7th. The signs have been moved as of today. Maybe there will be information shared on Tuesday.
Signs are Springfield/Burke, then Tacketts/Lorton/Montclair and 234. The third line is Horner & Potomac Mills. 234 and tacketts lines combined and moved Horner forward.


Posted By: nawid.haidari@gmail.
Date Posted: 03 Jul 2021 at 9:05am
Hello Everyone,
Is there any ride-shares going to DC, I need rides from Stafford 610 to 1200 Seventeenth Street, NW DC. I have to be there at 8:00am and afternoon will be leaving 4:30pm or 5:00pm. I am flexible in the afternoon if it is still early.

Happy 4th of July to all.
Thank you.


Posted By: VWNut
Date Posted: 05 Jul 2021 at 6:55pm
Hello, we can get you as far as the Pentagon by 7:30 am ish. My husband metros into DC from there. In the afternoon we head back towards Stafford/Fredericksburg, leaving the Pentagon around 5:30. If you are interested please let us know. 

We are both vaccinated.

Thanks


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Posted By: Durrani
Date Posted: 05 Jul 2021 at 7:28pm
Hello nawid, I am still looking for one to share ride , I belive our timing is abit different I leave at 8:00 Am from stafford and reachig 9:00 to crystal city . 7:00 is abit early in summer for me as my office open at 9:30 AM , same it's fine for me in the afternoon I am flexible .


Posted By: MIKEG
Date Posted: 06 Jul 2021 at 7:34am
Keith

Is the Rt 17 sign at the Pentagon still at the same place?
I was thinking of trying slugging again this week. It's not practical for me to drive to the Rt 610 commuter lot.


Posted By: KeithO
Date Posted: 06 Jul 2021 at 7:40am
Mike - I have not personally checked to see if the Rt 17 sign at the Pentagon is still at the same place, BUT, based upon everything I've heard from the Pentagon Transportation office I believe that it is still in the same place.


Posted By: SavingTime
Date Posted: 06 Jul 2021 at 8:21am
I went around the Pentagon slug lines and only observed changes to locations from 234 to Springfield. No changes at Stafford or Fredericksburg lines from what I was able to see last Friday.


Posted By: KeithO
Date Posted: 06 Jul 2021 at 8:36am
From the Pentagon Transportation Office

Subject: Transportation Advisory: Realignment of Pentagon Slug Stations – effective Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Transportations POCs: Please disseminate.

Transportation Advisory: Realignment of Pentagon Slug Stations – effective Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Beginning Tuesday, July 6, 2021, the existing slug stations in the Pork Chop Parking Lot in Pentagon South Parking are realigned to establish improved vehicle queuing space and traffic flow within the Parking Lot. The 610 Mine Road, 610 Stafford, Route 3 and Route 17 slug stations remain open and operational at their current locations along North Rotary Road and Fern Street.

The following are the realignment changes:

1) Tackett’s Mill/Lorton VRE and Montclair/Rt 234 slug stations will be combined into one consolidated station.

2) Horner Road/Potomac Mills will be moved up to the former Montclair/Rt 234 slug station. 

There is no change to the Burke/Springfield slug station. 

Additionally, the Taxi Drop-off Loop will be repurposed as slug vehicle queuing for the Horner Rd/Potomac Mills slug location. Please follow signage when entering the Pork Chop Parking lot. 

As a reminder, the Pork Chop Parking Lot is part of the Pentagon Reservation, as such drivers and pedestrians are subject to all Pentagon rules and regulations when using the slug station facilities. Additionally, slugging is not a government managed program. The slug station facilities are established to provide pick-up/drop-off locations only for Pentagon employees and regional commuters.

For questions regarding the slug station facilities on the Pentagon Reservation, please contact us at whs.pentagon.fsd.mbx.dod-shuttle-bus@mail.mil. 

Thank you,

WHS TMPO



Posted By: Geral
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2021 at 11:31am
Helpful information, thank you
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Posted By: MIKEG
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2021 at 7:01pm
If anyone goes to the Pentagon from the RT 17 lot at 6:00 AM I would be interested in riding with them I am vaccinated. I get off at 4:00 PM but am flexible. Anyone leaving anytime between 4 & 5 from the Rt 17 sign is fine with me. I'll even wear a mask if you want me to... 


Posted By: MIKEG
Date Posted: 28 Jul 2021 at 8:37pm
I anyone is going from the RT 17 lot at 6 to Pentagon I would be interested. I get off at 4 and willing to catch a ride anytime between 4 & 5


Posted By: nawid.haidari@gmail.
Date Posted: 14 Dec 2021 at 9:30am
Greetings Slugging Community!
I have recently switched my job location from Washington DC to Crystal City 241 18th Street S Arlington, VA 22202 I am looking to ride shares form Stafford 610 to Crystal City 241 18th Street S Arlington VA in the morning form 6:30 or 7:00 and returning to Stafford from 4:00PM, I am flexible with the afternoon time.

Thank you
Nawid 


Posted By: scottt
Date Posted: 16 Dec 2021 at 7:49am
I stopped at the Pentagon 2 nights ago to find slugs.  None.  Waited 20 mins.  Then, the trouble is, there's no way to get back to the regular lanes.

I need slugging back!!  Please!!



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