WAA 2012 Metro & Parking Information

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Arlington Cemetery Wreath Laying Event

Saturday December 15th 2012

Arlington Cemetery Gates, Metro Hours, and Vehicle Parking Information

 

Every year, tremendous volunteer turnout has created traffic jams and delays at the Arlington National Cemetery entrance, long enough to keep some volunteers from placing a wreath.  Arlington National Cemetery will open numerous gates around the cemetery to increase access for volunteers using Metro, driving, or walking and parking is available at the Pentagon’s North Parking Lot.

 

Wreath laying coverage this year will flow in a rough band from the northeast to the southwest section of the cemetery.  See the enclosed map for an estimate of this year’s coverage.

 

Schedule for Saturday 15 Dec 2012

0700 Metro rail opens (system-wide)
0800 Arlington National Cemetery Gates and Cemetery parking garage/lot open
0830 (approx) Wreaths Across America Truck Convoy arrives Arlington Cemetery Main Gate
0930 Wreaths Across America Opening Ceremony (Memorial Amphitheater)
1000 Wreath laying begins across cemetery
1100 Wreath laying ceremony at President Kennedy’s grave
1130 Wreath laying ceremony at USS Maine Mast
1200 Wreath laying ceremony at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

 

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY GATES OPEN FOR PUBLIC ACCESS (clockwise from north)

-          Ord-Weitzel (north side) south of the Netherlands Carillon and the Iwo Jima Memorial

-          Main (east side) on Memorial Drive by the Women’s Memorial and Visitors Center entrance

-          Visitors Center (east side) accessible on west side of Visitor’s Center

-          Service Complex (south side) off Columbia Pike between the Air Force and Pentagon Memorials

-          West (west side, Ft Myer’s Selfridge Gate), across from the Spates Community Club

-          Fort Myer (northwest side, Fort Myer’s Old Post Chapel Gate) adjacent to the Old Post Chapel

 

METRO

Wreaths Across America highly encourages Metro use due to limited parking availability and extremely high traffic volume.  There are four Metro stops within a mile of a cemetery gate.

-          Rosslyn (north) – Orange & Blue lines – (.7 mi) from Ord-Weitzel gate, via Iwo Jima Memorial

-          Arlington Cemetery (east) – Blue line – cemetery’s principal Metro stop

-          Pentagon (south) – Yellow & Blue lines – (.7 mi) access through south Service Complex gate

-          Pentagon City (south) – Yellow & Blue lines – (.9 mi) access through south Service Complex gate

 

PARKING

Only family members with passes may park inside the cemetery.   The Cemetery has a 500 car parking garage that opens at 8 AM. In the past, the parking garage line has caused long traffic jams stretching to the Memorial Bridge beginning as early as 6 AM.  There are over 3,000 parking slots available in other off-site lots including 2,100 in the Pentagon’s North Parking Lot, a one mile walk to either the Main Cemetery Gates or the South Service Complex Gate entrances.

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Metro Stop Access and Directions

(North to South)

Metro Stop Metro Line(s) Cemetery Entrance Walking directions
Rosslyn OrangeBlue Ord-Weitzel(south of Iwo Jima) Follow signs to Iwo Jima Memorial.  Continue south downhill toward the cemetery.  Entrance is an iron gate across the street from the end of the Iwo Jima Memorial access road.
Arlington Cemetery Blue Main Follow signs to enter via Visitors Center or main gates in front of Women’s Memorial.
Pentagon YellowBlue Service Complex Follow signs to Pentagon Memorial; west under S. Washington Blvd.  Gate on right, off Columbia Pike, downhill from USAF Memorial.
Pentagon City YellowBlue Service Complex Follow signs to Pentagon Memorial.  Cross under I-395 via pedestrian tunnel; west under S. Washington Blvd.  Gate on right, off Columbia Pike, downhill from USAF Memorial.

 

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Parking Access, Restrictions, and Directions to Nearest Cemetery Gate

(Clockwise from North)

Parking Lot

Approx Spaces*

Location CemeteryGate (dist) Remarks, walking directions
Netherlands Carillon/ Iwo Jima Mem.

0

None Ord-Weitzel(0 mi) U.S. Park Service Land. NO PARKING ALONG N. MARSHALL DRIVE NETHERLANDS CARILLON VICINITY, OR ALONG IWO JIMA ACCESS ROAD
Arlington Cemetery

500

Arlington Cemetery Main(0 mi) Follow signs to enter via Visitors Center or main gates in front of Women’s Memorial.
PentagonN. Parking

2100

N. Boundary Channel Dr. Main(1.0 mi) North along S. Washington Blvd to Memorial Drive. Turn left (west) and walk to Cemetery’s Main gates.

ServiceComplex(1.0 mi) South along S. Washington Blvd to Columbia Pike; right (west) on Columbia Pike; gate on right, off Columbia Pike, downhill from USAF Memorial.
PentagonHayes St. Lot

500

Army-Navy Drive (Across from Macy’s) ServiceComplex(.5 mi) Follow signs to Pentagon Memorial via pedestrian tunnel; west on Columbia Pike; gate on right, off Columbia Pike, downhill from USAF Memorial.
PentagonFern St. Lot

200

Army-Navy Drive ServiceComplex(.7 mi) Cross under I-395 at Fern St., follow signs to Pentagon Memorial; west on Columbia Pike; gate on right, off Columbia Pike, downhill from USAF Memorial.
PentagonEads St. Lot

140

Army-Navy Drive Service Complex(.8 mi) Walk west along Army-Navy Drive, cross under I-395 at Fern St, follow signs to Pentagon Memorial; west on Columbia Pike; gate on right, off Columbia Pike, downhill from USAF Memorial.

 

* Note: ~3560 spots is an estimate.  Most lots are multi-use, public and/or first-come/ first-serve

Comparable DC Area Trip Distances (in mi)

0.8

Smithsonian Metro to WWII Memorial

1.5

Smithsonian Metro to Lincoln Memorial

0.9

Arlington Metro to Lincoln Memorial

1.6

Arlington Metro to WWII Memorial