Slug line to the Pentagon and Ft Belvoir....a Washington DC institution.

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Slug line to the Pentagon and Ft Belvoir....a Washington DC institution.

A few days ago I wrote a blog post about transportation options for folks
Pentagon with DC skyline moving to a duty station at the Pentagon. An alert reader, Nancy Murraya retired Navy commander who was stationed at the Pentagon some years back left a comment that she had "slugged in from Fairfax Station". I had  forgotten about THE SLUG LINE.




Slugging is a cross between organized hitch hiking and random carpooling. It is human ingenuity at its best. As my friend Rich who slugs to the State Dept. says: "Slugging is an example of a government policy (HOV lanes) creating the desired  government result (cheap alternative transportation) without government involvement".

no this is not the Pentagon's north lotWhat is slugging? Well, slugging has become so organized and entrenched that is has its own superb website that explains the whole thing better than I can.

The system of slugging is quite simple. A car needing additional passengers to meet the required 3- person high occupancy vehicle (HOV) minimum pulls up to one of the known slug lines. The driver usually positions the car so that the slugs are on the passenger side. The driver either displays a sign with the destination or simply lowers the passenger window, to call out the destination, such as "Pentagon," "L’Enfant Plaza," or "14th & New York." The slugs first in line for that particular destination then hop into the car, normally confirming the destination, and off they go."

For a local interest story of real life slugging visit: Congressman joins the slugline

If you or friends are moving out of Northern Virginia ...away from Slug
 Mountain views near Colorado SpringsCentral to the more peaceful climes of Colorado Springs and you need real estate assistance....a good place to start would be our alert reader friend Nancy Murray. Nancy is a Realtor in Colorado Springs with knowledge of DC and miltary relocation...from both sides. You can see Nancy's profile at: Nancy Murray  once you are at Nancy's profile, you can check out her Colorado Springs real estate blog by clicking on it over on the left side of the profile page. She and her partner Ann Knoll would be happy to help make your relocation a smooth one.

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Nancy Murray
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Steve, Thank you so much for including me in your post.  I slugged for 3 years while we were in Fairfax Station back in the early 90's.  At first I was a rider, then I became a driver when I had to take a baby.  My family in Ohio was appauled that I would ride with total strangers.  But it was a very safe method, fast, and cheap (free) mode of transportation.  It was very organized back then, but nothing as impressive as the website.  There was a book floating around that was written by a slugger on slugging etiquite.  it was quite interesting.  For instance, the driver never smokes in the car, there is minimal conversation unless everyone was willing to talk, and music was welcomed, but had to be tasteful.  We all have our own little stories, like breaking down on the side of the road and hitching a ride with a willing slug driver, or falling asleep for the entire ride.  Ahhh the days!


Feb 02, 2010 03:23 PM #1
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RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
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Thanks for being a good topic! I do get tired of writing variations of " The 5 most important things to consider before buying a house" The static reports on our websites kind of fill that role...Whether this type of blog post is effective and useful in attracting home buyers and sellers....time will tell. I do think it works for building alliances...I knew I would like working with Frank Kliewer just by reading what he wrote and looking at his choice of photos.  Similarly, I thought associating with you guys would be the way you wrote.

If you have any other ideas for topics for the relocating family in NOVA please let me know.

The Slugs got 5 inches of snow on them this morning...good to be a realtor today.


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